SMARTHINKINGINTO Forges Partnerships with Consortia in Six States to Support Students

August 10, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 9, 2001 — Beginning this fall, consortia in California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland and New Jersey will offer their schools and students around-the-clock tutoring and academic support services provided by SMARTHINKING, the nation’s leading provider of online tutoring and academic assistance for college students.

SMARTHINKING serves more than 100 schools, the US Army and publisher Houghton Mifflin. Through the SMARTHINKING service, students may ask questions of trained, qualified structors-e (tutors) in synchronous, asynchronous and pre-scheduled online tutoring sessions. In addition, SMARTHINKING records and archives all interactions, permitting access and sorting for future review and use by the student or institution. SMARTHINKING currently offers assistance in core courses including Math, Statistics, Economics, Accounting, Grammar, Chemistry and Spanish.

“Many states have formed consortia to use the Internet to offer greater access to a greater variety of educational services and courses. Aggregating student support services in core subjects and skills across the state makes economic and educational sense for all educational consortia,” says Burck Smith, CEO of SMARTHINKING.

“SMARTHINKING is helping us build the kind of innovative education today’s students demand,” says Daniel Rabuzzi, Interim Chief Executive Officer Kentucky Virtual University. “SMARTHINKING provides a tool that will help us ensure that any of our students can access the help and support they need, whenever they need it. All our students need is a connection to the Internet.”

State-specific partnerships include:


SMARTHINKING will expand beyond its relationship with the California Virtual
Campus – Region 4 (38 community colleges) to include the California Virtual Campus – Region 1. California Virtual Campus – Region 1 serves 26 colleges in the Bay Area of California.


The Community Colleges of Colorado Online (CCCO) will offer the SMARTHINKING service to students taking virtual classes. The Community Colleges of Colorado Online is comprised of the 14 colleges in the Community Colleges of Colorado, Dawson Community College and Northwest Missouri State University.


Georgia Virtual Technical College is distributing the SMARTHINKING service among Math, English, Accounting and Economics classes to support distance and traditional classroom courses. The GVTC Consortium includes all 34 of the state’s technical colleges with over 450 online courses. More than 4,770 students were enrolled in online classes during the spring quarter of 2001.


Using SMARTHINKING’s technology, the University of Kentucky will staff an Online Writing Lab for the entire state. Distance learning students at both KYVU and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will have access to the combination of Kentucky’s online writing lab and SMARTHINKING’s other academic support services. Serving more than 6,100 Kentuckians through the Spring 2001 term, Kentucky Virtual University is the Commonwealth’s official virtual campus. KYVU offers nearly 50 college-credit and professional degree programs from 27 Kentucky colleges and universities and other providers.


MarylandOnline is making SMARTHINKING tutoring services available to students taking online courses at 23 colleges and universities in the state of Maryland during the current school year. Through a grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, MarylandOnline will provide unlimited SMARTHINKING tutoring services to 5000 students in a pilot study focused on delivering online support services effectively to online students. For traditional students and other online students who do not qualify for participation in the pilot study, MarylandOnline has negotiated a collaborative contract with SMARTHINKING to provide hourly tutoring services under a blanket statewide agreement. MarylandOnline’s 23 member schools provide over 60 online degrees and certificates and last year had over 77,000 online students.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Virtual Community College Consortium (NJVCCC) will provide SMARTHINKING to its students. The Consortium offers online courses from all of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.


SMARTHINKING connects students in higher education with supplemental online academic support. Our qualified tutors – e-structorsB – are college faculty, graduate students and high school teachers who participate in rigorous training and on-going performance analysis. SMARTHINKING collaborates with academic institutions and faculty to improve the educational experience in core courses such as Writing, college Math (pre-Algebra through Calculus), Economics, Statistics, Accounting, Chemistry and Spanish. Visit us at

Immediate Contact: Rachel Schwartz

(202) 543-5034 x 215

Bob Norden

Dean/Interim Director

Community Colleges of Colorado Online

(303) 365-8833

Cathy Brock

Online Student Development Services

Georgia Virtual Technical College

(770) 784-3138

Norma Northern

Chief Financial Officer

Kentucky Virtual University

(502) 573-1555

Dr. Mark Kassop


New Jersey Virtual Community College Consortium

(201) 447-9232

Paul Meyers

Project Director

California Virtual Campus – Region 4

(760) 384-6239

Martha Mills


California Virtual Campus – Region 1

(408) 257-0420

Jane Paulson

Interim Director


(410) 837-6575