Monday, December 28, 2009

Season's Greetings from ConnectEDU

December 28, 2009-

The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway,
came at the evening, cold and gray,
to a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
through which was flowing a sullen tide,
the old man crossed in the twilight dim-
that sullen stream had no fears for him;
but he turned, when he reached the other side,
and built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength in building here.
Your journey will end with the ending day;
you never again must pass this way.
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
why build the bridge at the evenride?"

The builder lifted his old gray head.
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"there followeth after me today
a youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross int he twilight dim;
good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

-Will Allen Dromgoole

For all the bridges we are building together. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Interesting Conversation on Facebook, Higher Education, and ConnectEDU

December 22, 2009- Recently, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with the publisher of Today’s Campus Magazine, Jeff Wendt on a whole range of topics from our business and the early beginnings of ConnectEDU to Facebook and how it will continue to impact the industry of higher education. Check out the interview and let me know your thoughts. Would love to hear your comments, particularly around how colleges should or should not be utilizing Facebook in their recruitment and retention strategies. Obviously, the use of social media in higher education is a “hot” topic – one that garners a lot of varying opinions. Share yours!

Interview - Part 1

Interview - Part 2

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Seeing is Believing

December 7, 2009 - If you’ve been following us lately on Blogger or Twitter, you are aware of the momentum that has been surrounding the adoption of SuperAPP – our application processing tool. To give you an idea of the rate of adoption to date, we signed over 20 colleges in the first thirty days and have doubled the number of SuperAPP partners since just last Wednesday – from 32 to 64!

Colleges throughout the nation are taking notice of SuperAPP and the numerous benefits, not the least of which are cost-savings and exposure to an untapped audience for many colleges (for more info, read the story on SuperAPP and the University of Iowa in the Daily Iowan).

As colleges continue to explore their application and admission process during these economic times, it is important to put the student perspective at the center of the process. This is how we approach the development of all of our technology tools here at ConnectEDU - with the student at the center. If you haven’t seen the YouTube video circulating around from College Application Week in Detroit, listen to what SuperAPP did for these students in the Detroit Public Schools – truly a game-changer in the application processing industry!

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