Foundation for California Community Colleges Selects Blackboard for Mass Notification Service
Partnership Will Enrich Campus Enrollment Management Plans, Mass Notification Capabilities for Nation's Largest Higher Ed System
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 04, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational
enterprise technology, announced today that the Foundation for
California Community Colleges (FCCC) -- the official foundation for
the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and System
Office -- has selected the Blackboard(R) Connect-ED(R) multi-modal
mass notification service as an approved technology.
Under the agreement, Blackboard's Connect-ED service will provide
community college leaders with the ability to quickly reach up to 2.6
million students that attend more than 100 community colleges across
the state, as well as faculty and staff, with time-sensitive
information under a special pricing structure.
"California's 110 community colleges need viable options for
connecting directly with their students in a fast and efficient manner
for any number of reasons," said Dr. Paul Lanning, President of the
FCCC. "We are excited about our partnership with Blackboard because
it represents another way for California's community colleges to
benefit from the Foundation's commitment to providing excellence for
the nation's largest higher education system."
"We are thrilled to team with the Foundation to offer their members a
new tool to help efficiently manage campus communications," said Tom
Motter, President of Blackboard Connect Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Blackboard. "The best way to keep the campus community
informed is through communication, and the Connect-ED service makes
it easy. With Connect-ED, administrators can leverage a powerful tool
for mass communication without having to purchase new computers,
software, or telephone lines."
Recently, Blackboard announced a similar agreement with the Oregon
University System to make the Connect-ED service available to any
public or private campus in the state, including community colleges.
Blackboard's Connect-ED mass notification service offers a unique
benefit to campus leaders by supporting enrollment management,
time-sensitive notification, and campus outreach efforts through a
direct communication channel with students.
"The Connect-ED service was a critical component in our 2008
Enrollment Management plan, helping us to exceed our enrollment goals.
Its phone survey tool provided valuable information regarding student
registration," said Dr. Mark D. Robinson, Vice Chancellor of City
College of San Francisco. "The Connect-ED service also offers
multi-modal notification services, providing us the ability to
quickly and efficiently contact our entire student population using
voice, text, and email messages."
Built exclusively for postsecondary institutions, the Connect-ED
service enables campus leaders to schedule, send, and track
personalized voice messages at up to six phone numbers, two e-mail
addresses and one text address per student and staff member. In all,
the service helps officials reach out to students and staff through:
-- Voice messages to home phones, work phones, cell phones, and even e-
-- Text messages to cell phones, PDAs, networked digital signage, and
other text-based devices;
-- Text messages to e-mail accounts; and
-- Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired.
In addition to sending enrollment and admissions messages, the
system can be used to notify entire student populations and staff
members of campus closures and contingency plans due to unforeseen
incidents. The Connect-ED service has been successfully used for
communication by schools across the country during events, such as
the wildfires in Southern California, Hurricanes Gustav, Dolly, and
Humberto, school evacuations, campus notifications required by the
Clery Act, and missing persons.
Les Jauron, Vice President for Planning and Information at Butte
College, explained how a multi-modal notification service recently
assisted their campus in a time-sensitive situation. "Earlier this
summer, the Humboldt Wildfire in Northern California burned right to
the edge of the Butte College main campus. We needed an efficient way
to notify students, staff, and faculty about changes to the schedule
that resulted from the fire. In this fast-moving situation the
Connect-ED service enabled us to quickly notify the campus community
about campus closures and schedule changes. This is a capability we
just didn't have before. The speed and efficiency the Connect-ED
service brings to time-sensitive notification is truly impressive."
For more information about Blackboard Connect(TM) solutions, please
visit http://www.blackboard.com/products/connect. The Foundation for
California Community Colleges is online at
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