eCollege(R) advances data-driven decision making with next release of Program Intelligence Manager

Increased Analysis Capabilities Enable Institutions to Turn Data Into Actionable Information for Program Growth and Success

DENVER, CO, Oct. 19, 2005 -- eCollege(R) (Nasdaq: ECLG), a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary education industry, today announced the release of Program Intelligence Manager v1.5, an interactive data analysis toolset that enables institutions to easily identify and act on key drivers affecting student satisfaction, course and program quality, and completion and retention rates. The new functionality further supports data-driven decision making by providing institutions with increased analysis capabilities to assess the trends driving program success and profitable growth.

"Program Intelligence Manager has been very well received by the market as institutions realize the importance of data analysis and our unique approach of providing valuable insight into an extensive data set," said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. "The release of Program Intelligence Manager v1.5 advances the data-driven decision making process, allowing administrators to leverage more current and historical information to better understand program performance and make the improvements necessary for the institution's long-term growth and success."

Program Intelligence Manager, which launched during the 2005 summer term, enables institutions to turn data into actionable information. Program Intelligence Manager v1.5, which provides institutions greater access to a wider range of data and enhanced analysis capabilities, is being released in phases during this fall term. Advancements include:

* Multi-Dimensional Activity Analysis: enables user activity analysis by day at a high level across multiple courses, programs and schools in order to assess trends and establish best practices for continual improvement

* Multi-Dimensional Search Capabilities: provides greater flexibility in referencing data in order to more efficiently analyze and report on course and program metrics

Program Intelligence Manager is a cornerstone of eCollege's eLearning product strategy, which focuses on student retention, operating efficiencies and program reporting to help an institution drive its top and bottom line growth and support regulatory compliance. eCollege plans to evolve Program Intelligence Manager by providing administrators greater data analysis and reporting capabilities. Program Intelligence Manager v2.0, which is scheduled for release in late 2006, will provide the following advancements:

* Expanded Key Metrics: enables administrators to gain insight into student grade data and instructor responsiveness data across courses, programs and schools, and assess the impact these variables have on overall performance

* Administration Dashboard: enables administrators to centrally view a program's key performance indicators, as well as create and reference strategic reports

eCollege will be leading a presentation at this week's Educause conference whereby participants will learn more about the ways in which effective data collection and analysis can provide them with the necessary insight to make data-driven decisions about their online programs, fueling higher student retention and improved learning outcomes. The presentation, "Data Driven Decision Making: Using Analytics to Drive Retention and Student Outcomes," will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 3:55 p.m. Eastern time in Meeting Room W204A of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

About eCollege

eCollege (Nasdaq: ECLG) 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 and

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