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eCollege(R) Launches Adaptive Portfolio Management System to Give Customers Powerful and Reliable Online Portfolio Solution.

Integrated Online Portfolios Provide a Powerful Tool for Driving Educational Quality and Student Satisfaction

DENVER, June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eCollege(R) , a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary education industry, today announced a partnership with LANIT Consulting, Inc. to integrate Foliotek, LANIT's industry leading electronic portfolio technology, with the eCollege System. The integration gives eCollege customers a powerful and reliable tool for creating, evaluating and analyzing online portfolios.

"Our customers are looking for ways to efficiently assess student work across multiple courses in one central location," said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. "Our implementation of online portfolios will give administrators improved functionality to prove mastery of learning outcomes, resulting in improved student satisfaction and retention, which ultimately drive program growth and success."

The eCollege online portfolio solution enables institutions to define portfolio templates and align those templates to desired learning outcomes. Students align digital files from their personal storage repository to the defined templates and use convenient communication tools to reflect on their learning and personal development. Students also can share their personal portfolio, either internally to constituencies within the institution, such as career counselors, advisors or classmates, or externally with potential employers and other interested parties.

The eCollege online portfolio solution adds another module to eCollege's eLearning solution, delivered from a mission critical IT infrastructure with unparalleled support. By providing its customers the option to add on fully integrated, industry leading tools, eCollege simplifies the technology adoption process. The eCollege System supports seamless integration with third party applications such as Foliotek's Portfolio Management System so eCollege customers get integrated extensions without the technical headaches associated with managing unsupported software deployments.

Online portfolios are also a critical piece of the eCollege Learning Outcome Manager, the comprehensive toolset that will provide an evidence-based approach to measuring student achievement of learning outcomes in the eCollege System. By leveraging the full power of an adaptive portfolio system, Learning Outcome Manager will enable institutions to measure student mastery at different levels and across different rubrics, including across all students in a course, across course sections in a single term, and across terms over time. Institutions also will be able to analyze the impact of improvements from term to term.

The adoption of the industry learning portfolio management system from Foliotek further demonstrates eCollege's leadership in developing and deploying the best technologies to support online education and delivering those technologies in the highly available, scaleable and supportive manner that the world's most successful online education programs demand.

About eCollege

eCollege is a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary and K-12 education industries. 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 Chicago, with the eLearning Division headquartered in Denver. Datamark was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit http://www.ecollege.com/ and http://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. Examples of these forward-looking statements would include statements about the expected timing of product or service releases, the expected benefits to customers of our products or services, the expected impact on customers of upgrade deployments and any other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks. Actual performance and results may differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements due to general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the Company's industries as well as the more specific risks and uncertainties facing the Company, including those identified in the Company's reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which you are encouraged to review in connection with this release. 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.

eCollege is a registered trademark of eCollege. Foliotek is a trademark of LANIT Consulting, Inc.

CONTACT: Dana Haskins of eCollege, +1-312-706-1710, danah@ecollege.com

Web site: http://www.ecollege.com/ http://www.datamark.com/
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