Bowling Green State University Extends Its Relationship With Blackboard for Enhanced Campus Service Offerings
BGSU Converts to Blackboard Transaction System(TM) to Offer Students Improved Campus Services
WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 29, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise
software and services to the education industry, announced today that
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) will convert its campus
commerce system to the Blackboard Transaction System to implement a
campus-wide, one card system offering students improved, more
convenient and reliable services. BGSU already relies on the
Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) for its e-learning initiatives.
The Blackboard Transaction System is used by hundreds of schools in
the United States and Canada to manage the administration, processing
and reporting functions for all campus transactions. It securely
processes millions of transactions involving payments, data access and
authentication, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
More than 21,000 BGSU students and 2,700 faculty/staff and
administrators will convert to the Blackboard Transaction System
beginning this May for a wide variety of campus services including
vending, facilities access and laundry.
"Integrating and expanding many commerce functions under the
Blackboard Transaction system will offer significant advantages for
the students, faculty and staff at Bowling Green," said Jeff Nelson,
the director of bookstore and enterprise services at Bowling Green
State University. "With the Blackboard Transaction System we will be
able to better control the costs of campus service offerings while
"We are thrilled to have Bowling Green State University as the newest
Blackboard Commerce Suite community member," said Michael Chasen, CEO
of Blackboard. "Bowling Green is really paving the way in its use of
technology to enhance the educational experience by fostering both
Networked Learning Environments(TM) and Network Transaction
Environments(TM) for the members of its campus community. We applaud
their insight and leadership and look forward to working closely with
them along the way."
The Blackboard Transaction System is part of the Blackboard Commerce
Suite(TM), a package of three enterprise software applications
supporting cashless transactions on-campus, off-campus and online and
allowing for identification and security access. By utilizing an
existing student debit account at the university, the Blackboard
Transaction System provides students with a safe, secure, cashless
and convenient way to make transactions and access campus facilities.
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. With two product
suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) and the Blackboard Commerce
Suite(TM), Blackboard is used by millions of people 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 and Asia.
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