St. Edward’s University Goes the Distance with Centra

March 15, 2002

LEXINGTON, Mass., Mar 14, 2002 –Centra (NASDAQ: CTRA), the leading provider

of business software solutions for eLearning and real-time collaboration, today

announced that St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, has selected Centra

to power the university’s interactive virtual classroom learning program. St.

Edward’s will use the virtual classroom capabilities of Centra to extend the

reach of its programs to students across the state and the country, enabling

them to collaborate in real-time with peers and professors over the Internet.

By blending common self-paced, Web-based learning methods, already in use at

the university, with live, Centra-powered eLearning, St. Edward’s can deliver

selected MBA programs completely online and improve the quality of online courses

delivered through the New College undergraduate program for working adults.

"Centra’s reputation, the strength of its technology, and the high value

we can expect to gain in terms of learning outcomes and cost effectiveness were

critical factors in our decision to take our distance-learning program to the

next level of interactivity," said Jason Rosenblum, Instructional Systems

Manager for the Online Learning Program at St. Edward’s University. "We

are confident Centra will enable us to enrich the online experiences of our

distance learners, helping them to become more engaged in what they are learning

and collaborate more effectively. This gets to the core of what it means to

deliver quality education online, and we’re delighted to make Centra our partner

in this endeavor."

Currently, St. Edward’s is experimenting with Centra in three classes, the

results of which will be used to develop the framework for the live component

of their online program. Rosenblum added that of the 4,100 students enrolled

at St. Edward’s, he expects that a high percentage – up to 30% – will benefit

from Centra-powered eLearning, supplementing classroom instruction in both their

traditional and online programs.

Scaleable Software Solution for eLearning and Business Collaboration

Used by more than 775 companies, government agencies, and universities worldwide,

Centra’s scaleable software solutions are based on CentraOne(TM), a comprehensive,

thin-client Web collaboration platform. Leveraging the core capabilities of

CentraOne, Centra offers a suite of compatible, real-time Web collaboration

products, content creation tools, and knowledge delivery systems that can be

quickly installed on-site using Centra’s rapid deployment methodology, or conveniently

accessed through Centra’s secure, full-service ASP. Centra’s products – including

interactive Web meetings, virtual classrooms, and large-scale conferences –

ensure universal access to users through firewalls and proxy servers, and deliver

full-performance IP audio conferencing, streaming video, application sharing,

and dynamic multimedia over low-bandwidth network connections through a standard

browser interface.

"St. Edward’s is an extremely progressive university, quickly pushing

forward to expand programs and attract a larger base of students seeking the

convenience of online learning without sacrificing the interactivity and community

of in-class instruction," said Joyce Bokuniewicz, Centra’s Director of

Higher Education Programs. "Centra is ready to help St. Edward’s realize

its goal, and to prepare students for the realities of tomorrow’s virtual work


About St. Edwards

St. Edward’s University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of 4,100

students located in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1885 by the Rev. Edward Sorin,

Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the same priest who founded

University of Notre Dame, the University offers a liberal arts education emphasizing

critical thinking and ethical practice. Students enjoy the advantages of small

classes and personal attention coupled with excellent internships and service-learning

opportunities. For more information, visit

About Centra

Leading with an undisputed track record of helping millions of users to increase

revenue and improve overall business performance, Centra provides Web collaboration

solutions that enable the delivery of information in a variety of live and self-service

formats, and add value through unmatched capabilities to capture interactions

and content, personalize and manage this information, and instantly re-use it

across the enterprise. Today hundreds of global organizations across every industry

and market sector choose Centra, including ExxonMobil, Cadbury Schweppes, Citigroup,

AT&T, Procter & Gamble, McKesson, Merck, Nationwide Insurance, Sysco,

and Stanford University. Centra’s products are bolstered by a vital ecosystem

of strategic partners, including PwC Consulting, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, KPMG

iLS, Microsoft, Siebel, Cisco, and Oracle. Headquartered in Boston’s technology

corridor, Centra has sales offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit


Sharon Dratch

Centra Software

(781) 994-1151