More institutions discovering that they can take advantage of "U-CAN"
August 26, 2008
Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
Benedictine University is among more than 700 independent colleges and universities across the United States now participating in U-CAN (www.ucan-network.org), a voluntary consumer information initiative of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
U-CAN was initially launched on September 26, 2007 with 600 private colleges and universities onboard including Benedictine University (http://members.ucan-network.org/ben). The number of institutions participating in the free, consumer-focused Web site has since grown to 711, a 19 percent increase in less than 11 months.
With a design driven by consumer focus groups, the U-CAN site provides rich and consumer-relevant information and a colorful, user-friendly format for students, parents, college admissions counselors and policymakers. Since U-CAN went live, more than 358,000 users have visited the site viewing more than 850,000 pages.
“The site allows us to provide potential students and their parents information about the University in a concise, easy-to-read format,” said Kari A. Gibbons, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Benedictine University.
“It also helps us reach outside our traditional recruitment areas, which in turn will create a more diverse, richer education experience for all of our students.”
The U-CAN site will get a facelift this fall with the launch of U-CAN “2.0" in mid-September. The improved site will provide guidance on how to prepare academically and financially for college, finding the right fit, and navigating the often complex admissions and financial aid processes.
NAICU is exploring the development and addition of a new element that would allow consumers to see how colleges are spending their tuition dollars.
NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.
NAICU’s 953 member schools include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, art and other professions.
To contact the Benedictine University Office of Admissions, call (630) 829-6300 or visit the University Web site at www.ben.edu.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education
recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes
magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business
as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.