Monday, April 26, 2010

My Boots and Buckle are Polished Up and Ready to Go

April 27, 2010 - For those of you that know me, I am a huge cowboy boots and belt buckle guy. I suppose that it goes back to my Missouri roots. And my favorite place in the world (in fact, the only place) to buy boots is the Lucchese Boot Company in El Paso, Texas. So imagine my excitement when ConnectEDU was informed that we had won the competitive bid process to put our college and career planning solutions into Texas… statewide!

Well, to be honest, I was excited for a lot of reasons beyond the thoughts of a potential boot shopping trip. In fact, we have been working hard in Texas to assist many of their districts with their college and career planning process. So it is exciting that the State has selected us to work with them to increase high school completion and college-going rates for traditionally underserved students. We are excited to partner with the State of Texas and are looking forward to working with them to make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of the Lone Star State’s students! More to come on this initiative… stay tuned!

Happy 8th Birthday, ConnectEDU!

April 26, 2010 - ConnectEDU celebrated her 8th birthday over the weekend! For the past 8 years, the ConnectEDU team has been dedicated to the mission of empowering students to maximize their education and career-related decisions. And, for the past 8 years, we’ve had a great time doing it! ConnectEDU’s longevity can be attributed to the shared commitment of our team members and business partners to this worthy and justified mission.

Congratulations to all that have contributed to the past 8 years of ConnectEDU’s success! And, here’s to many more successful years ahead!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SuperAPP… she’s a game changer for all involved in the admissions process

April 20, 2010 - SuperAPP continues to get tremendous traction from colleges that want to receive the full college application package – transcripts, letters of recommendation, school profiles, applications, etc. – from a single, true electronic data feed. And, for students, SuperAPP is a god send. 35 more colleges registered for the SuperAPP electronic data feed in the first quarter of this year.

With 176 colleges signing up for the electronic feed in the first 182 days of SuperAPP being in the market, SuperAPP is one of, if not THE, fastest adoption of technology to simplify college admissions… FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

Finally, a student can apply to over 1,500 colleges from one, simple application process. And, for colleges, they save meaningful time and money receiving this information electronically… eliminating lost data, information matching issues, incorrect inputs of transcripts, and a whole host of other issues. Perhaps the most rewarding is that SuperAPP is making a difference for the most underserved students who need a simplified, all-in-one process. SuperAPP also empowers high school counselors with the information and visibility they need to support students and keep them on track. One solution – SuperAPP – one big win for everyone involved!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Congratulations, Ted!

April 15, 2010 - Please join me in congratulating Ted Fischer on being named President and Chief Operating Officer of ConnectEDU. Ted has been active with ConnectEDU for several years and, most recently, joined the Senior Management Team in 2009. Ted is a fantastic leader and a passionate advocate for students and those who serve students and families. Congratulations, Ted!