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Academic Institutions Increasingly Rely on the Blackboard Platform for Mission Critical e-Learning Initiatives

Growth Is Occurring at Universities Abroad and Across Product Lines for Blackboard and WebCT Technology Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 06, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- As higher education institutions in the United States and abroad recognize the increasing value and importance of e-Learning initiatives, Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational technology solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of several new clients. Blackboard recently completed its first quarter as a combined entity with WebCT. The combined companies' technology solutions are now used by more than 3,650 academic institutions in the United States and abroad. Millions of students and teachers use Blackboard and WebCT solutions to supplement class, participate in distance learning and access an array of campus service offerings.

Growth at Home and Abroad

Some of the academic institutions in the United States which licensed Blackboard and WebCT solutions in the first quarter of 2006 include:

University of Houston - Downtown, Texas
Mesa Community College, Arizona
Lubbock Independent School System, Texas
Barton College, North Carolina
Campbell University, North Carolina
Bloomfield College, New Jersey

International academic institutions which licensed Blackboard and WebCT solutions in the first quarter of 2006 include:

Spiru Haret University, the first Blackboard client in Romania
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
Shizuoka University, Japan
De Montfort University, UK
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Verzlunarskoli Islands, Iceland
Seoul National University, Korea

Growth for Blackboard Content System Licenses

Blackboard also noted continued adoption of the Blackboard Content System(TM), one of the three products in the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM), which enables members of an academic institution to easily share and reuse learning objects across sections, course, organizations and institutions.

Academic institutions who licensed the Blackboard Content System in the first quarter of 2006 include the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Fox Valley Technical College, University of Michigan - Flint, Albany College of Pharmacy and Florida Atlantic University, among others.

About Blackboard

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. WebCT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackboard Inc.

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Senior Manager, Public Relations; Blackboard:
Melissa Chotiner
Blackboard Inc.
+1 202 463-4860 ext. 2404
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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.