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Blackboard Announces New Mobile Student Planning Tool
Bb Planner gives students mobile access to academic and career planning

LAS VEGAS, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company, today announced a new product toolset focused on student success – Bb Planner, a new mobile application aimed at making career and course planning simpler for students, and Blackboard Advise, a web-based tool to help advisors better guide their students. The announcement was made at BbWorld 2016, Blackboard's education conference focused on helping institutions meet the needs of learners, taking place July 12-14 in Las Vegas.

Bb Planner is the first mobile student planning tool that enables students to explore degrees and careers that align to their goals and interests; understand the financial, academic and career implications of their decisions; schedule and register for classes; and access internships and jobs that align to their pathway choices. Through partnerships with Burning Glass Technologies and Roadtrip Nation, Bb Planner also provides students with rich labor demand information and thousands of on-demand videos from professionals.

Designed to complement Bb Planner, Blackboard Advise is a web-based advising tool that combines insight into student plans, alongside predictive analytics to help advisors identify at-risk students.

"Because of the breadth and reach of our broad portfolio of products, Blackboard is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges thousands of higher education institutions are facing  to meet the evolving needs of students," said Katie Blot, Senior Vice President of Global Strategy, Marketing and Business Line Management at Blackboard. "We have a responsibility to use this insight to help students succeed. BbPlanner and Blackboard Advise will change how institutions help students persist and graduate."

More than a year ago, Blackboard entered into a partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) to collaborate in the incubation of this student planning and advisement tool set. Bb Planner and Blackboard Advise were built hand-in-hand with NWTC through an agile and iterative development process that incorporated feedback from NWTC officials and students.  

"NWTC is committed to driving innovation in the areas of student persistence and success and we are excited to be on the forefront of driving change for our students and the industry with Blackboard," said Victoria Lock, Dean of Student Success at NWTC. "NWTC and Blackboard share a commitment to student success.  A result of the partnership is that both institutions are better prepared to help students achieve their goals." 

To learn more about Bb Planner and Blackboard Advise, please visit www.blackboard.com/bbplanner. The product toolset will be generally available later this year.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

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D'Anthony White, Blackboard Inc.
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