U-CAN Media Advisory

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
September 21, 2007 

CONTACT: Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu                           
(202) 739-0474 (office) (202) 288-9333 (cell)

First-of-Its-Kind College Consumer
Information Web Site to Debut on September 26

Consumers and College Presidents Will Comment on the Need for
Consumer-Friendly College Information and the Role of the U-CAN Web Site


A Telephone Press Conference to announce the debut of U-CAN (the University & College Accountability Network), the first national consumer information resource created and provided directly to students and parents by colleges and universities themselves. Nearly 600 private colleges and universities have signed on to participate in the initiative, which is coordinated by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

The U-CAN web site - www.ucan-network.org - will go live the morning of September 26.

The press event will consist of three parts: (1) brief statements from consumers and college leaders, (2) a live walk-through of U-CAN's features through a net conferencing site, and (3) Q&A.

The following consumers and private college leaders will make brief statements and respond to questions.

A walk-through demonstration of the U-CAN site will follow the statements and precede Q&A. Tony Wagner, NAICU's director of on-line and web communication, will lead reporters through a brief online tour of U-CAN's feature through a net conferencing site.


Focus groups with consumers and calls from Congress and the U.S. Department of Education indicate a strong need for consumer-friendly information that prospective students and parents can use to evaluate colleges, a goal that NAICU strongly supports. U-CAN was created in response to this public demand for comparable, concise, relevant, and easily accessible college information.


Wednesday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern


Reporters can call in to the telephone press conference, and log in for the U-CAN demonstration. Contact Tony Pals at tony@naicu.edu, (202) 739-0474 (office), or (202) 288-9333 (cell), for the phone number and password for the telephone call and URL and password for the web demonstration.


Information on U-CAN-including a list of institutions that have signed up to participate, the initiative's purpose, and web site features is available at www.naicu.edu/u-can. Questions should be directed to Tony Pals at (202) 739-0474 (office), (202) 288-9333 (cell), tony@naicu.edu.