Michigan Expands Adoption of Online Transcripts

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Four Michigan public universities have joined the ConnectEDU network. According to the company, 40 percent of college- bound seniors and 14 of the 15 public universities in the state are providing Connect, which puts high school students and their families in touch with college admissions offices and helps school counselors manage and track the application process for their students. Connect allows for the one-click delivery of official electronic transcripts from the high school to the college, which, according to the company, saves high schools expense in traditional processing and delivery costs.

On the college side, the service enables admissions officers to receive electronic documents and generate receipt verifications, as well as communicate with applicants. Inquiries can also be integrated with an institution's constituent relationship management or admissions module.

"We finished our first year of college applications working with ConnectEDU, and I must say Connect was a huge success!" said Kalamazoo Central High School counselor Joyce Ryskamp. "Documents were transmitted more quickly and received with more accuracy than in past years. There were far fewer confused parents and students, so the peace of mind factor was a big plus."

The ConnectEDU network in Michigan now encompasses 245 high schools and 22 colleges and universities. The newest additions are Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a writer who covers technology and business for a number of publications. Contact her at dian@dischaffhauser.com.

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