SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

September 06, 2005 14:08 ET

Blackboard Offers Support to Schools Impacted by Katrina

No-Cost Hosting Available So Students Can Continue Learning Online

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many students in the Gulf Coast region are unable to attend schools, colleges and universities. To help restore teaching and learning to members of these communities, Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of e-Learning software and campus commerce systems, is providing affected academic institutions an online home for their Fall 2005 e-Learning Programs at no cost. A wide range of both K-12 and higher education institutions across the Gulf Coast region rely on Blackboard for their e-Learning initiatives. All of these schools are eligible for this program.

Through the program, schools impacted by Katrina can quickly get their e-Learning programs up and running on a hosted server located at a Blackboard ASP data center, at no cost. Interested institutions should contact their Blackboard Account Manager, call 1-800-424-9299 ext. 2594 or email katrinarelief@blackboard.com for more information.

"Hurricane Katrina has brought a lot of hardship to the people in the Gulf Coast region. Blackboard wants to do what it can to help out during these difficult times; giving students and teachers access to their coursework may be one small step towards normalcy for this region," said Todd Gibby, Executive Vice President of Operations at Blackboard. "We want to get the word out to Blackboard schools that have been impacted so their students can continue learning -- even if they are not able to go to an actual campus or classroom. As administrators execute their disaster recovery plans -- we want them to know that they have the option to get direct assistance from Blackboard."

Five institutions including Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the University of New Orleans are already participating in this free support program. Hosted environments for e-Learning programs at both LSU Health Sciences Center and the University of New Orleans are now in place so that students and faculty can access teaching and learning materials from any internet connection.

Blackboard is currently working closely with clients and partners to determine additional ways to restore teaching and learning capabilities to the region.

Blackboard will provide additional information on its Web site (www.blackboard.com) and directly to clients as it becomes available.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is a leading provider of enterprise software applications and related services to the education industry. The Company's product line consists of five software applications bundled in two suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite™ and the Blackboard Commerce Suite™. Blackboard's clients include colleges, universities, 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 and staff in North America, Europe and Asia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 13, 2005 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of September 6, 2005. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to September 6, 2005.

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