SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

September 15, 2008 09:00 ET

Blackboard Announces New National Partners and Participating Campuses for Student Payment Solution

Chipotle, Denny's® Join BbOne(SM) Off Campus Payment Program

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology, announced new national partners and participating campuses for its BbOne(SM) off campus payment solution, which enables millions of student transactions each year.

A fully integrated, cashless program, BbOne makes off campus transactions more convenient and secure by adding a powerful debit account to the university identification cards that students, faculty and staff carry with them every day. Students and their parents can add funds to the accounts and monitor purchases that can be made on campus and off campus at one of more than 1,400 participating program vendors.

In the last year, nearly 20 different colleges, universities and K-12 institutions have adopted BbOne, bringing the total number of participating institutions to more than 80 and adding nearly 100,000 students to the program.

Some of the recent campuses joining the BbOne network include Columbia University, Phillips Academy Andover, Santa Clara University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Toledo, Utah State University, and Xavier University. Since implementation of the BbOne program earlier this spring, Columbia University has already experienced tremendous positive student feedback.

"Our students have been extremely pleased with the flexibility that our Off-Campus Flex program has brought to their lives," said Michael J. Novielli, Chief of Administration, Student Auxiliary and Business Services at Columbia University. "Through our partnership with BbOne, we have grown the program to include 40 local businesses in just five months."

Blackboard also announced several major new partnerships with national vendors who will accept payment through the BbOne program, including, Chipotle, Denny's® Restaurants, and Brinker International, which operates Chili's® Restaurants and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® locations. The new program partners join other national merchants that participate in BbOne including CVS®. The program also features the participation of hundreds of locally owned independent stores.

"We are very excited to welcome our new BbOne campuses and merchant partners," said David Marr, President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackboard Transact. "BbOne allows institutions to dramatically heighten the level of service to their students, faculty and staff, while also increasing the reach and effectiveness of their card program resulting in additional discretionary deposits, earned interest and transaction revenue."

BbOne is part of Blackboard's complete commerce management solution that provides hundreds of institutions with the technology to effectively manage payment on campus, off campus, and online. In addition, Blackboard also provides security management solutions including video surveillance, access control, and mass notification.

For more information about BbOne and Blackboard's other campus payment and security solutions, please visit

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.


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