Aug 25, 2013 1:16 PM by katc
The University of Louisiana System has reached a deal to help its more than 92,000 students find jobs after graduation.
The Advocate reported the nine-college system's partnership with MyEdu of Austin, Texas, also is billed as a way for students to stay on track with schoolwork, shorten their time to graduation and find internships.
Since 2010, MyEdu has been working with universities and collecting data to help students develop personal plans.
The company uses a social media platform similar to LinkedIn to give students one place where they can plan their school schedules, build a degree "road map" and keep track of their progress as they move closer toward graduation.
The company got its initial boost through a $10 million investment from the University of Texas system.
Since then, it's gotten mixed reviews on Texas' campus at Austin with the school newspaper calling on the company to "go back to the drawing board," for not bringing anything new to the table.
UL System President Sandra Woodley, a former administrator in the UT system, said MyEdu's benefit is it will help students focus on their career path earlier than they typically would.
And, unlike the deal in Texas, the University of Louisiana System is getting the service for free, she said.
MyEdu founder Michael Crosno told the UL System Board of Supervisors that his company has worked with more 800 colleges and universities since its inception and has roughly 1.2 million users.
"We create a jobs marketplace, kind of like eBay. It connects jobs to the students," Crosno said. "The jobs are pushed to students ... If you are a nursing student, you will only see nursing jobs."