SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

September 13, 2005 14:33 ET

Blackboard Supports Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Enhanced Program Offers Widespread Support for Displaced Faculty and Students

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of e-Learning software and campus commerce systems, announced several initiatives to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts aimed at restoring education to people from the Gulf Coast region of the United States. The latest initiatives will leverage the power of the Blackboard community -- made up of millions of educators and students -- enabling those in need to access materials and training and bring education back to the region as soon as possible. Initiatives include:

--  The Blackboard Katrina Relief Community Site
    (http://katrina.blackboard.com): a central online hub where people can
    share resources and information related to restoring teaching and learning
    in the Gulf Coast. The site includes Katrina-related discussion boards, RSS
    feeds on e-Learning news, an adopt-a-school section and an e-Learning
    exchange to submit and post requests for assistance/support.
    
--  Online Course Creation Site: a free hosted platform where instructors
    can quickly and easily develop courses online to be available for one year.
    Teachers can sign up at http://katrina.blackboard.com
    
--  Blackboard License Expansion: Blackboard academic institutions can add
    new Blackboard accounts beyond the license bandwidth agreement, at no
    additional cost, for newly enrolled students and faculty who have been
    displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
    
--  No-cost Hosting Program: Blackboard academic institutions impacted by
    Hurricane Katrina are eligible to have their e-Learning programs hosted by
    Blackboard for the fall semester at no cost. Five institutions have signed
    up for this program so far and their e-Learning programs are already up and
    running.
    
"We hope these efforts help make education accessible to the people of this region as quickly as possible," said Todd Gibby, Executive Vice President of Operations at Blackboard. "These e-Learning resources will assist teachers and students in minimizing time lost to the disaster."

A number of academic institutions across the Gulf Coast region rely on Blackboard for their e-Learning initiatives, including New Orleans Public Schools, Mississippi's State Department of Education, The Louisiana Virtual School, Alabama Online Virtual School, Tulane University, Louisiana State University and New Orleans University, among others.

Delgado Community College in New Orleans is in the process of restoring its educational offerings and plans to have as many as 80 online courses available by October 1st.

For more information about support efforts Blackboard is offering related to Hurricane Katrina, please call 1-800-424-9299 ext. 2594 or email katrinarelief@blackboard.com.

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 August 3, 2005 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of September 13, 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 13, 2005.

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