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Several U.S. Colleges & Universities Select Blackboard for Their Campus Commerce and Security Management Solution

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 7, 2008--Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise technology to the education industry, announced today that in the last nine months, several U.S. colleges and universities have selected Blackboard(R) as their campus commerce and security management solution.

The institutions join hundreds of others that rely on Blackboard Commerce Suite(TM) applications to meet their growing needs for campus ID card technology, on- and off-campus payment, and security management solutions. Some of the institutions include:

-- Berea College                      -- Hamilton College
-- California State University        -- Minneapolis Community &
   Channel Islands                       Technical College
-- Catawba College                    -- University of Findlay
-- College of the Redwoods            -- Utah State University
-- Eastern New Mexico University-     -- Washington & Jefferson
   Roswell                               College
-- Georgia Gwinnett College           -- Waynesburg University

The Blackboard Commerce Suite provides institutions large and small the technology to effectively meet the challenges of managing payments, facility access control, and security management. Blackboard's technology enables colleges to automate transaction processing to reduce errors, eliminate operational redundancies and control costs.

"As a dynamic urban two-year college, our students, faculty, and staff have come to expect services that anticipate and deliver to meet the rapidly changing needs of our community," said Gary Westerland, Director of Auxiliary Services at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. "The Blackboard solution provides our institution with tools to meet these expectations and options for growth as these needs evolve. Our partnership with Blackboard positions us well to serve our population well into the future."

Many colleges and universities use the complete Blackboard Commerce Suite for a wide range of campus service needs including providing students and faculty with secure access to buildings and residence halls, video surveillance, cashless payment on- and off-campus, access to laundry services, parking and copy services, as well as self-service online account management.

"Colleges and universities are motivated to provide a wide range of cutting edge campus services," said Russ Carlson, President of Blackboard Commerce. "We are pleased to work with schools to ensure secure campus facilities and establish an on- and off-campus payment processing infrastructure so that they can better serve their campus constituents."

For more information about Blackboard Commerce, please visit

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise software applications and related services to the education industry. Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people use Blackboard every day at academic institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. For more information, please visit


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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.