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TMCNet:  Blackboard's Student Debit Accounts Go Mobile

[December 12, 2012]

Blackboard's Student Debit Accounts Go Mobile

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Students can now manage all aspects of their Blackboard Transact(TM) campus ID accounts with their mobile devices, Blackboard Inc. announced today. Through eAccounts(TM) Mobile, students can check their campus debit card account balance, view transactions, make real-time deposits, and manage security features on iOS® smartphones or tablets.


eAccounts Mobile is the latest extension to eAccounts, the online, self-service portal for closed-looped campus debit card accounts that is already used by hundreds of thousands of students nationwide. Users are able to download their campus-specific mobile app from the Apple iTunes® store and have it seamlessly integrate with their institution's instance of Blackboard Transact.

"This new mobile app provides a user-friendly and convenient way for our students to manage their accounts online," said Jackie Barnaby, manager of the Saints Card Office at North Georgia College & State University. "We have used it since 2009 and not only has it gained in student popularity and usage year-over-year, but we have also seen a 70 percent increase in stored value account balances. I have no doubt this momentum will continue with the addition of mobile access." The certified PCI-compliant portal creates a fully customizable account management environment that is uniquely branded to each institution. By enabling student-management of card accounts, administrators can provide a more convenient and timely option for students to access their accounts, while off-loading routine transactions from the card office staff.

"Just as mobile technology can transform the academic experience, it can also enhance how a college or university provides administrative tools and campus services," said David Marr, president of Blackboard Transact. "As today's student expects to be connected to and interact with their institution through a mobile device, we are now able to further help institutions meet these expectations." Used in campuses around the world, Blackboard Transact is an innovative, comprehensive solution for cashless commerce on and around campus, financial services, campus-wide video security, and exterior and facilities access.

For more information about Blackboard's eAccounts, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Products/Commerce-Management/Online-Account-Management/eAccounts.aspx.

About Blackboard Inc. Blackboard Inc. 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.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. 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 statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

Apple, iPhone, iTunes and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

SOURCE Blackboard Inc.

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