eCollege(SM) Partners With Elsevier to Deliver Online Health Sciences Courses
DENVER – December 10, 2003 – eCollege(SM) [Nasdaq: ECLG], a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary education market, today announced a partnership with Elsevier, a market-leading print and online publisher of health science textbooks and journals. The partnership enables faculty who teach through the eCollege System(SM) to use Elsevier’s Evolve Online Courses, which are based on the publisher’s health sciences textbooks.
“According to a recent Eduventures report, the heath sciences education market represents a promising and growing opportunity for post-secondary institutions, with enrollments in this field on the rise,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “Our customers are offering a significant number of online health sciences degrees to meet this increasing demand, and we believe the high-quality Evolve courses will further enhance their programs, and even give them a starting point to create new programs.”
The Evolve Online Courses include interactive content, rich audio and video multimedia, and pre-made assessments. Courses can either be delivered as stand-alone online offerings or be used in a hybrid environment, combining the classroom and the Web. Courses are designed to work with specific Elsevier textbooks that are written and edited by scholars and professionals who have extensive practicing credentials, as well as research and teaching experience in their fields.
“We’ve taken the content of our renowned health science textbooks, and have adapted it for the purpose of teaching and learning online,” said Mitchell Lapides, EVP Electronic Products, Elsevier Health Sciences. “Through our partnership with eCollege, we can provide students with a flexible and engaging way to access our content, while also helping them efficiently earn the degrees they need to pursue a career in the health sciences profession.”
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, the company publishes more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as Evolve, MD Consult and ScienceDirect as well as bibliographic databases, online reference works and subject specific portals. Elsevier is a global company headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier’s ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
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 www.eCollege.com and www.Datamark.com .
This news release contains statements that are not historical in nature and that may be characterized as “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws including those related to the performance of our technology and service solution, customer satisfaction with our products and services and those of Elsevier, the success of our clients’ programs, and the growth of the health sciences education market. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks. Actual results may differ materially. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our clients’ ability to achieve successful online programs, our network infrastructure and computer systems failing, the vulnerability of our network to security risks, and such other factors as are discussed in our most recent Form 10-Q Quarterly Report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), which you are encouraged to review in connection with this release. We believe that these forward-looking statements are reasonable, however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. We are not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.
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Kristi B. Emerson
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