Our story, purpose, mission, and history are important parts of what make us, well, us! Read on and if you like what you see, check out our careers section at the bottom of the page.
The National Research Center for College and University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®), now a part of ACT®, is a membership organization that links colleges and universities to the nation’s largest college and career planning program for students seeking post-secondary guidance. In addition, members can receive exclusive access to Encoura™ Data Lab—an educational data science, analytics, and research platform. Since 1972, ACT | NRCCUA has been a leading provider of data, technology, and programs servicing public and private colleges and universities to enhance their marketing and recruiting efforts.
Over the years, ACT | NRCCUA has continued to evolve its offering to represent the link between students and higher education institutions. As part of that evolution, ACT | NRCCUA acquired Eduventures—the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. We are now able to provide forward-looking and actionable research based on proprietary market data, as well as advisory services that support both strategic and operational decision-making. All Eduventures Research is now available in the Encoura Data Lab platform.
At the heart of the ACT | NRCCUA family is myOptions—a free planning service that offers college and career planning assistance to students, parents, and educators nationwide so they can explore a wide range of post-secondary opportunities. With the recent acquisition of Admittedly, myOptions now includes more mobile-friendly services and features, including a free app that can be found in the Apple iTunes store.
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The National Research Center for College and University Admissions was founded as a
non-profit membership organization comprised of colleges and universities.
NRCCUA conducts the first cooperative college recruitment program,
bringing better targeting and efficiency to the enrollment office.
Don Munce becomes NRCCUA’s second president and hosts the first Burger Boy lunch.
First high school graduating class with over 1 million participating students.
NRCCUA welcomes more than 1000 college and university members.
NRCCUA is the first to make email communication to
student prospects available to college enrollment officers.
NRCCUA acquires the myCollegeOptions.com brand and original matching algorithm from Noel Levitz.
First high school graduating class with over 2 million participating students.
NRCCUA launches the new myCollegeOptions.org, bringing the first comprehensive,
free college planning program to students and families across the US.
myCollegeOptions.org becomes the nation’s largest college planning program with
over 2 million high school students activating their accounts.
2 out of every 3 US high school graduates have registered for myCollegeOptions.org.
NRCCUA, in partnership with the College Options Foundation,
launches the STEM workforce development platform, ShapingOurFuture.org.
NRCCUA partners with Sterling Partners and USA Funds
and announces Patrick Vogt as CEO.
NRCCUA acquires Eduventures Research and Advisory Services.
NRCCUA launches a partnership with Chegg.com to be
the exclusive provider of our digital enrollment services.
NRCCUA acquires Admitted.ly to enhance the mobile
features and functionality for college planning services.
NRCCUA launches Encoura, where informed decisions begin.
NRCCUA becomes a part of ACT.
Our Why (or Purpose)
We encourage and inspire lifelong learning and career success by providing data science and technology, so every student and institution can achieve their goals.
We encourage higher education institutions to make more informed decisions that optimize fit and create the highest probability of success.
Patrick Vogt, CEO
As the CEO of NRCCUA, Patrick Vogt is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for the company. He leads the effort to integrate new design, product, and technology platforms to better support students and universities to make more intelligent decisions that will improve overall graduation success rates.
Prior to NRCCUA, Patrick served as CEO for both public and private digital media technology companies, and has held senior executive positions at some of the most prestigious brands in the world, including The Weather Channel, Sony, HP, and Dell. Patrick was most recently CEO of HealthiNation, an Emmy Award winning health and wellness digital video company. Prior to HealthiNation, he was president of The Weather Channel’s (TWC) International Division where he led all business outside of the United States and across all product categories including digital, professional, and TV.
Patrick received a bachelor of science degree in business from the State University of New York, and holds an MBA from the Hagan School of Business, Iona College.
Brent Ramdin, President
Brent Ramdin brings more than 12 years of higher education industry experience, and was most recently the president of dialogEDU, an e-learning company focused on healthcare education. Brent’s passion for NRCCUA and its mission comes from his first tenure with the organization as its chief product and strategy officer from 2012 to 2013. During his nine years at Campus Management Corporation, as the vice president of product management, Brent was instrumental in the evolution of industry leading student information systems, customer relationship management solutions, portals, and other technologies. He continues to be an advisor to education companies focused on emerging technologies. Brent’s passion for finding efficiencies and improving student and staff experiences will be key to the continued evolution of NRCCUA. He earned his MBA and BS in information systems from Florida Atlantic University.
Kristin Flor, Chief Financial Officer
Kristin Flor joined NRCCUA in March 2017 and is responsible for all finance, accounting, and legal functions. She is a sound business partner with broad experience at both public companies and venture-backed start-ups. Prior to joining NRCCUA, Kristin led the hyper growth of technology companies through organic growth, global expansion, and M&A activity. As a key part of executive management teams, Kristin has been responsible for the companies’ corporate finance functions, and has raised several rounds of capital and secured various debt financing arrangements at Integral Ad Science and PulsePoint, both digital marketing technology companies. She also held positions at Thomson Media, a former subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation, and she began her career in Boston at Arthur Andersen LLP where she served start-up and growth clients in the software and biotech industries. Kristin holds a BS in accounting and a minor in finance from Providence College, and earned her CPA in 2000. She is involved in mentoring programs designed for women seeking leadership positions.
Dennis Syracuse, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Client Officer
Dennis Syracuse joined the NRCCUA team in 2016. He is a results-oriented senior-level executive with a multichannel background, including B2C, B2B digital marketing, global retail, and e-commerce and marketing technology solutions. His passionate leadership, coupled with his experience in developing customer service programs through team building and talent development, steers an organization to develop effective service, operations, and P&L management. He has a history of developing results-driven, proven high-performing cultures especially in new concept and scaling businesses. He brings a broad marketing experience in strategy development and senior-level decision-making. Dennis is a vital component to the success of NRCCUA and the new data platform Encoura™ Data Lab.
Dennis came to us from Madison Logic, the global leader in account-based marketing, where he was the chief marketing officer. Prior to Madison Logic, Dennis was at Datran Media as the chief marketing officer and president, media services and Sony before that as the senior vice president/GM direct retail including online and physical operations.
Todd Boullion, Chief Marketing Officer
Todd Boullion is a well-rounded leader and innovator with proven performance in many distinct business disciplines: marketing, operations, sales, communications, finance, technology, and analytics. He has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry and in the education arena at companies such as Dell, PulsePoint, and PostUp. Todd has created and executed extensive B2B business and marketing plans to launch products, expand market share, enter new regions, and deliver record financial performance. Prior to joining NRCCUA, he managed the multimillion-dollar P&L for SaaS company UnsubCentral. At NRCCUA, Todd is responsible for branding, product marketing, research, PR, and marketing communications.
Todd graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University and currently sits on the TCU Neeley School of Business Alumni Executive Board. Outside of work, Todd serves as a board member and treasurer for Hand to Hold nonprofit.
Ron Cox, Chief Technology Officer
Ron Cox is responsible for leading all aspects of ACT | NRCCUA’s product engineering, bringing over 25 years of experience performing in a variety of roles in many different industries. He brings to the ACT | NRCCUA team a rare mix of technical, managerial, creative, and entrepreneurial skills and experience. His technical expertise includes machine learning, IoT, big data, mobile, web, desktop, and distributed systems. Prior to joining ACT | NRCCUA Ron has worked in a number of industries, including mobile payments, green energy, weather data, finance, insurance, and consulting.
Ron received his M.S. in Computer Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida, and a B.A.S in Electronics Management from Troy University.
Our team of research analysts represents some of the brightest and most experienced research analysts in the industry. As foremost experts in domains specific to higher education, their goal is to create competitive advantage for the institutions we serve.
Why we start with why …
We believe that no student should miss a higher education or career opportunity because they lacked the resources or proper guidance to identify and achieve it. But without help, this unfortunate situation happens every day. At ACT | NRCCUA, our mission is to encourage and inspire lifelong learning and career success by providing data science and technology so every student and college can achieve their goals. With the right knowledge and information, students can find the right school, right major, and right career to achieve success.
Additional benefits and perks
- Paid holidays
- Generous PTO policy
- Generous benefits: medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, HSA, FSA, tuition reimbursement, and 401(k)
- Casual dress
- Collaborative and energetic work environment with other motivated, career-driven professionals in Austin, Texas; Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and Boston, Massachusetts
If our mission is one you can get behind, we’d like to talk to you!
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