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Ottawa University Selects Blackboard Education Services for Major Expansion of its Blended and Online Programs

Ambitious Effort Spans All Undergraduate, Graduate Programs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ottawa University has partnered with Blackboard Inc. to support a major expansion of its blended and online degree programs, the company announced today. Under the multi-year deal, Kansas-based Ottawa, which currently operates six different campus locations nationwide, will grow and scale existing and future residential, hybrid and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The effort marks one of the largest institutional online education initiatives to date as schools traditionally focus on only a handful of online programs at a time. Ottawa's plan to grow all programs across its catalog is a central part of the institution's strategy to significantly expand its student population by 2020, while remaining focused on delivering high quality academic programs.

Officials selected Blackboard as a strategic partner in the initiative for its expertise in online program management and design and for its broad portfolio of proven education services and technologies supporting all aspects of the student lifecycle, including marketing, recruiting, enrollment, and learning analytics. Blackboard will also provide training and guidance to Ottawa faculty to support effective approaches to teaching online.

"We are excited to work with Blackboard, an industry leader in terms of resources and reputation, in pioneering innovative approaches to disintegrating the often artificial barriers between online and on ground educational delivery methodologies," said Kevin Eichner, president of Ottawa University.  "This partnership marks a huge step toward reaching our Vision 2020 strategic objectives and to building new and effective models of service for all of higher education. We are very proud to be working with Blackboard at the forefront of change on behalf of students worldwide."

In addition to reaching more learners, the initiative will help current and prospective students complete degree requirements more quickly, conveniently and affordably by allowing them to choose the delivery modality that is right for them.

"We are excited to work with Ottawa University, an institution positioned to lead the industry with a strong vision for online education," said Katie Blot, president of Blackboard's Education Services division. "We're looking forward to working with Ottawa's staff and faculty to build on their standard of excellence, create new learning modalities for learners of all types, and develop more high quality and affordable programs that will reach new student populations."

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About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

Source: Blackboard Inc.