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Liaison Embraces New Global Networks and Opportunities with GEDC Strategic Partnership

Feb 19, 2019

Joining Forces with Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Empowers EngineeringCAS™ to Transform Graduate Engineering Education

WATERTOWN, Mass. (February 19, 2019) – Liaison International, the creator of the first Centralized Application Service (CAS™) for graduate engineering programs, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Becoming a corporate member of GEDC, which represents more than 400 engineering deans in more than 50 countries, allows Liaison and its EngineeringCAS™ community to shape the future of the graduate engineering student experience and the engineering profession as a whole.

GEDC Chair Natacha DePaola — dean of engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology — sees the partnership with Liaison as a natural extension of GEDC’s strategy to help today’s students become leaders capable of enhancing not only their profession, but also society in general.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers who will solve complex, socially critical problems,” DePaola said. “Just as the students of today understand the value of relying on technology to accomplish this goal, Liaison and GEDC understand the value of relying on technology and innovation to fill engineering programs with the best, brightest and most diverse groups of students possible. That’s why I look forward to the benefits this partnership with Liaison will bring.”

With two decades of experience providing cutting-edge admissions services to thousands of graduate-level programs on hundreds of campuses, Liaison is uniquely positioned as an authority on admissions trends and best practices, application and enrollment technologies and customized program marketing.

EngineeringCAS represents the future of engineering recruitment because it:

  • Benefits students by providing an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly digital admissions portal that centralizes information on schools and programs, saves time and simplifies the application process.
  • Benefits engineering schools and programs by providing insights into enrollment trends, diversifying applicant pools and taking on burdensome application processing tasks. In fact, Liaison’s Watertown-based processing and services teams set the company apart from all other admissions technology providers.
  • Benefits engineering as a whole by allowing participating programs to identify challenges facing the industry, work together toward shared goals and open doors of opportunity to a more diverse, globally relevant workforce.

“Since its inception in 2008, GEDC has rapidly and rightly earned a reputation as a strategic leader in the world of engineering education,” said Ron Hyman, Liaison’s executive director of engineering education solutions. “By joining forces, we are bringing together our extensive institutional knowledge and collective experience for the shared goal of advancing engineering education, innovation and opportunities around the globe. I’m excited about GEDC and Liaison working together to transform the graduate engineering education experience.”

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Over the last three decades, Liaison has helped over 40,000 programs on more than 1,200 campuses more effectively manage admissions through its Centralized Application Service (CAS™) technology and complementary application processing and support services. The higher education technology leader supports its partner institutions’ total enrollment goals by pairing CAS with its Enrollment Marketing (EM) platform as well as the recently acquired TargetX (CRM) and advanced analytics software Othot.