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CourseTalk Partners with Parchment to Expand College Opportunities for Students

CourseTalk, the leading search and discovery platform for learners to explore the broadest array of online courses, has announced a partnership with Parchment, a leading technology company whose digital credentials platform makes it easy for people to request, verify and share their educational and professional credentials online. In a unique collaboration, CourseTalk will integrate Parchment’s proprietary college prediction tool, College Chances, into students’ CourseTalk profiles allowing them to immediately weigh their chances of being admitted into their desired colleges and universities.

Since many college-bound students use CourseTalk to explore online courses from top universities, this value-added integration will inform their selection of online classes, and also their application strategy for colleges. For example, a student interested in applying to MIT can explore the class experience through CourseTalk’s ratings and leverage the college predictions tool to determine whether they might be admitted into their desired college. Parchment provides an innovative online solution with their college predictions tool that empowers students to know their chances of college acceptance based on data within their academic scores and records.

“Adding Parchment’s revolutionary College Chances tool is a terrific value that benefits students with an incredibly powerful resource,” said Karen Francis, CEO and Chairman of AcademixDirect, parent company to CourseTalk. “Whether it’s partnering with industry pioneers like Parchment or developing in house features like the most advanced online course search engine, we’re committed to creating the most informative and rewarding online course catalog.”

Today’s announcement marks the first step in a strategic partnership to bring innovative tools to high school students taking online courses and looking to improve their chances of advancing to higher education institutions. In the coming months, Parchment will embed CourseTalk’s leading course catalog on their academic institution profiles so students, parents and advisors can gain a deeper understanding of the variety of education options available at specific academic institutions and have a centralized place where they can store and access important information.

“CourseTalk is another like-minded technology company that focuses on empowering students to realize their education goals,” said Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment. “By integrating Parchment’s novel prediction engine, students can make even more informed decisions and control of their future by determining their best college options early on.”

About CourseTalk

Launched in 2012, CourseTalk is the leading search and discovery platform for learners to explore the broadest array of online courses. Our catalog spans across K-12, postsecondary, and professional development segments and it includes over 17,000 courses from more than 40 course provider platforms and 340 institutions. We connect students from over 210 countries with schools, professors, and resources that will help them to succeed and to find the right course from the right source. The site is also an ideal place for professors to get authentic feedback on their online courses and for universities and course providers to reach learners from around the world. For more information about partnering with CourseTalk, please contact us at [email protected].

About AcademixDirect

As the leading innovator in education marketing, AcademixDirect, is a trusted partner creating tailored solutions to improve university enrollment. AcademixDirect is the parent company to CourseTalk, the world’s most comprehensive catalog of online courses and student-powered reviews. Through utilizing advanced technologies and a focused, customer-centric approach, AcademixDirect cultivates better ways to connect students with the schools and resources that they need to grow and succeed. AcademixDirect has been recognized by LeadsCouncil for three prestigious awards over the last few years voted by its customers including Best in Class Customer Service, Best in Class Conversion and Best in Class Transparency. As a result of this business success the company also achieved Inc. 500 status, Deloitte Fastest Growing Company and Silicon Valley Business Journal Growth awards.

About Parchment

Parchment is a leading technology company allowing learners, educators and employers to request, verify and share credentials in simple and secure ways. The platform has helped millions of people and thousands of schools and universities to exchange more than 12 million transcripts and other credentials globally. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Roseville, CA, Denver, CO, Grand Rapids, MI, Toronto, ON and Washington, DC. Follow Parchment on Twitter and Facebook.

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