Growing Number of Institutions Select Blackboard to Improve Campus Safety and the Student Experience

Blackboard Platform Offers Integrated Security & Commerce Management

WASHINGTON , Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational technology, announced today that a growing number of colleges, universities and K-12 institutions - including private secondary boarding schools Cushing Academy and Phillips Academy, Andover - have selected the Blackboard(R) campus commerce and security management platform.

The institutions join hundreds of others that have improved campus safety and the student experience with Blackboard's industry leading campus ID card technology, on- and off-campus payment solutions, facility access control and other security solutions. Some of the organizations that have recently selected the Blackboard commerce and security platform include:

"We had a wide range of needs, including the ability to process financial transactions at campus shops, minimize the need for cash at vending and laundry machines, provide door access, manage campus printing in support of our sustainability initiatives, and provide a tool to take and manage student attendance," said Valerie Roman , Director of Technology at Phillips Academy. "We were looking to address these needs with an integrated solution which could be phased in over time. We partnered with Blackboard based on its long track record, solid financial standing, strong customer base, and high customer satisfaction."

With the integrated Blackboard Transact(TM) platform, institutions can streamline business operations and increase revenue while meeting a wide range of commerce and security needs. Specifically, the platform enables organizations to:

"Colleges, universities and K-12 institutions are seeing an increased need for our campus commerce and security management capabilities," said David Marr , President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackboard Transact. "We are excited to provide a platform that delivers a level of proven reliability that is critical to technology leaders focused on meaningful student engagement and improving the student experience."

For more information about Blackboard Transact, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/commerce.

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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