eCollege to Support Colorado Institute of Technology Programs

April 23, 2004

“We welcome eCollege as a sponsor of CIT. The continued support from Colorado-headquartered industry leaders like eCollege is critical to Colorado’s workforce as we return to our cycle of economic growth,” said Margaret B. (Midge) Cozzens, president and chief executive officer of CIT. “eCollege will be a key point of leverage for CIT, our higher education partners, and industry. As an innovator itself, eCollege is a model for, and enabler of programs that help develop and implement technology education faster as well as improve the efficiency of research collaborations and interdisciplinary, intra- and inter-system programs,” said Cozzens.

eCollege’s comprehensive outsource solution powers many of the most successful online degree programs in the country. Several programs that have received CIT grants already leverage eCollege products and services, and the sponsorship is expected to make the company’s solutions available to even more programs.

“The vision of eCollege and the mission of CIT are closely aligned,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “We are both involved in the development of the technology workforce for the future and in harnessing innovative educational processes to effectively and efficiently prepare that workforce.”

eCollege was founded in Denver in 1996. The Company ranked among the top five fastest growing Colorado technology companies in 2001, 2002 and 2003 on the Deloitte and Touche Fast 50; and won Colorado’s 2003 Top Company of the Year Award in the Technology/Media/Telecommunications category.

Colorado Institute of Technology is a partnering of industry and academia, initiated by Governor Bill Owens, to define their needs and align their collective resources to meet these needs. CIT is working to ensure the availability of a highly qualified workforce for the State’s industries which are focused on technology or utilize technology; and to establish Colorado as a center of innovation and development of new knowledge in technology applications, processes, products and services. CIT is committed to achieving recognition for Colorado as a nationwide technology leader. The CIT is financed entirely by private contributions from companies including eCollege, EDS, Hitachi Data Systems, Kaiser-Hill, Level(3) Communications, Oracle Corporation, Qwest Communications and Sun Microsystems, and most recently, eCollege. More on CIT can be found at

About eCollege
eCollege [Nasdaq: ECLG] is a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary and K-12 education markets. The Company’s eLearning Division designs, builds and supports some of the most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional development programs in the country. The Company’s Enrollment Division, Datamark, Inc., helps institutions build new enrollments and increase student retention. Customers include publicly traded for-profit institutions, community colleges, public and private universities, school districts, and state departments of education. eCollege was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Denver. Datamark was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit and