Blackboard Inc. Partners with Educational Directories Unlimited to Offer Its Users Instant Access to Higher Education Programs

Co-Branding Partnership Provides Millions of Students

Worldwide Access to Top Flight Education Programs



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc.

    CHESTER, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc. (EDU), the leading provider of online
 academic program directories targeted toward prospective students, today
 announced it has reached a co-branding partnership with Blackboard Inc. to
 provide its comprehensive directory of academic data to users of the
 Blackboard Resource Center(SM), an online aid to academic research, designed
 to enhance and enrich the learning experience in more than 250 academic areas.
 Blackboard is the leading provider of Internet infrastructure technologies to
 the academic market.
     The deal allows users of Blackboard 5(TM), Blackboard's comprehensive
 e-Education software platform, and Blackboard.com(SM), Blackboard's free
 course creation site service, in more than 100 nations to access EDU's Web
 sites, Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com, through the Blackboard Resource
 Center (http://resources.blackboard.com).  Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com
 will power the Blackboard Resource Center's search engines on co-branded pages
 within the Resource Center to provide users with information about the top
 worldwide graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs.
     "Our relationship with Blackboard is a natural fit between two online
 educational services pioneers who have leveraged the power of the Internet to
 deliver a suite of online academic resources to millions of students
 worldwide," says EDU President Mark Shay.  "By joining with Blackboard,
 millions of registered Blackboard users around the world will have access to
 the strength of Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com, the premier gateways
 toward taking the next step in continuing their educations.  At the same time,
 this deal extends to us greater exposure to colleges and universities to come
 to view us as a compelling means of communicating their message to prospective
 students."
     The EDU Web sites are virtual "yellow pages of higher educational
 programs" that provide free listings for academic programs and offer brief
 overviews of each program's offerings along with contact information.  Schools
 can advertise on the sites by purchasing a link to their Web page so
 prospective students can further explore the school's offering.  Blackboard
 will wrap the Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com "yellow pages" within its
 own Web site navigation in the Blackboard Resource Center.
     "Our partnership with EDU creates the perfect conduit for students to find
 the academic programs they desire," says Matthew Pittinsky, chairman of
 Blackboard Inc.  "The Internet is a leading information source for students to
 find quality academic programs.  Our relationship with EDU provides a valuable
 tool for our users to discover a broad range of academic resources."
 
     About Blackboard Inc.
     Blackboard Inc. was founded to transform the Internet into a powerful
 environment for teaching and learning.  The company offers a complete suite of
 enterprise software products and services that power a total "e-Education
 Infrastructure" for schools, colleges, universities and other education
 providers.  Blackboard solutions deliver the promise of the Internet for
 online teaching and learning, campus communities, auxiliary services and
 integration of Web-enabled student services and back office systems.
     Blackboard's two major lines of business, Course & Portal Solutions and
 Commerce & Access Solutions, are consistently ranked by industry analysts as
 the market share and customer satisfaction leaders for thousands of academic
 institutions and a leading number of the Internet's most popular consumer
 education sites.  The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with
 offices and staff across North America, Europe and Asia.  Please visit
 www.blackboard.com for more information.
 
     About Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc.
     Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc. (www.edudirectories.com) is a
 unique, college-oriented marketing firm that connects students with programs.
 EDU's online directories provide in-depth and current information on college
 level academic programs.  Among EDU's computer-based recruiting tools are
 several comprehensive directories: GradSchoolFairs.com,
 Business.Gradschools.com, Distance.Gradschools.com, Gradschools.com,
 Studyabroad.com, English.Studyabroad.com and Studyabroadworldwide.com.
     EDU offers online co-branding partnerships allowing any Web site to
 incorporate generic versions of Gradschools.com and/or Studyabroad.com.  This
 no-revenue option allows partners to display EDU content without redirecting
 traffic from their sites, thus increasing page counts, stickiness, and
 sponsorship opportunities, as well as encouraging return visits.
     For more information on EDU, please contact Tony DeFazio or Amy Krasowski
 at 610-642-8253 or amy@gregoryfca.com.
 
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    CHESTER, Pa., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc. (EDU), the leading provider of online
 academic program directories targeted toward prospective students, today
 announced it has reached a co-branding partnership with Blackboard Inc. to
 provide its comprehensive directory of academic data to users of the
 Blackboard Resource Center(SM), an online aid to academic research, designed
 to enhance and enrich the learning experience in more than 250 academic areas.
 Blackboard is the leading provider of Internet infrastructure technologies to
 the academic market.
     The deal allows users of Blackboard 5(TM), Blackboard's comprehensive
 e-Education software platform, and Blackboard.com(SM), Blackboard's free
 course creation site service, in more than 100 nations to access EDU's Web
 sites, Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com, through the Blackboard Resource
 Center (http://resources.blackboard.com).  Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com
 will power the Blackboard Resource Center's search engines on co-branded pages
 within the Resource Center to provide users with information about the top
 worldwide graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs.
     "Our relationship with Blackboard is a natural fit between two online
 educational services pioneers who have leveraged the power of the Internet to
 deliver a suite of online academic resources to millions of students
 worldwide," says EDU President Mark Shay.  "By joining with Blackboard,
 millions of registered Blackboard users around the world will have access to
 the strength of Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com, the premier gateways
 toward taking the next step in continuing their educations.  At the same time,
 this deal extends to us greater exposure to colleges and universities to come
 to view us as a compelling means of communicating their message to prospective
 students."
     The EDU Web sites are virtual "yellow pages of higher educational
 programs" that provide free listings for academic programs and offer brief
 overviews of each program's offerings along with contact information.  Schools
 can advertise on the sites by purchasing a link to their Web page so
 prospective students can further explore the school's offering.  Blackboard
 will wrap the Gradschools.com and Studyabroad.com "yellow pages" within its
 own Web site navigation in the Blackboard Resource Center.
     "Our partnership with EDU creates the perfect conduit for students to find
 the academic programs they desire," says Matthew Pittinsky, chairman of
 Blackboard Inc.  "The Internet is a leading information source for students to
 find quality academic programs.  Our relationship with EDU provides a valuable
 tool for our users to discover a broad range of academic resources."
 
     About Blackboard Inc.
     Blackboard Inc. was founded to transform the Internet into a powerful
 environment for teaching and learning.  The company offers a complete suite of
 enterprise software products and services that power a total "e-Education
 Infrastructure" for schools, colleges, universities and other education
 providers.  Blackboard solutions deliver the promise of the Internet for
 online teaching and learning, campus communities, auxiliary services and
 integration of Web-enabled student services and back office systems.
     Blackboard's two major lines of business, Course & Portal Solutions and
 Commerce & Access Solutions, are consistently ranked by industry analysts as
 the market share and customer satisfaction leaders for thousands of academic
 institutions and a leading number of the Internet's most popular consumer
 education sites.  The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with
 offices and staff across North America, Europe and Asia.  Please visit
 www.blackboard.com for more information.
 
     About Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc.
     Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc. (www.edudirectories.com) is a
 unique, college-oriented marketing firm that connects students with programs.
 EDU's online directories provide in-depth and current information on college
 level academic programs.  Among EDU's computer-based recruiting tools are
 several comprehensive directories: GradSchoolFairs.com,
 Business.Gradschools.com, Distance.Gradschools.com, Gradschools.com,
 Studyabroad.com, English.Studyabroad.com and Studyabroadworldwide.com.
     EDU offers online co-branding partnerships allowing any Web site to
 incorporate generic versions of Gradschools.com and/or Studyabroad.com.  This
 no-revenue option allows partners to display EDU content without redirecting
 traffic from their sites, thus increasing page counts, stickiness, and
 sponsorship opportunities, as well as encouraging return visits.
     For more information on EDU, please contact Tony DeFazio or Amy Krasowski
 at 610-642-8253 or amy@gregoryfca.com.
 
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