Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology Selects eCollege® to Power Online Training Program


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DENVER, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eCollege(R) (NASDAQ:ECLG), a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary education industry, has been selected by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) to power ACCSCT's online training program. ACCSCT, which is recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education, began training its on-site evaluation team members on accreditation practices and processes using eCollege's online delivery platform during a year-long pilot program, and now is delivering all of its online training courses through the eCollege System.

"The eCollege System provides our evaluation team members with ready access to a broad spectrum of online training materials and enables our evaluators to engage in ongoing, supplemental training opportunities, which we believe is a value-added benefit to our evaluation process," said Michale McComis, associate executive director, ACCSCT. "eCollege shares in our commitment to advancing education in the career college market, and its solution has been a significant benefit as ACCSCT has rolled out its online training initiatives."

ACCSCT's online training is designed to provide on-site evaluators with the resources they need to evaluate programs for educational quality and compliance with industry accepted standards. ACCSCT, which accredits more than 800 post-secondary schools and colleges, is responsible for assuring that member institutions and their educational programs are capable of preparing students for their chosen careers, and that the high standards of career education are being met.

"ACCSCT is at the forefront for ensuring that career college programs provide high quality opportunities for students, and we look forward to working together to support the accreditation process," said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. "In evolving its training program through online learning, we believe ACCSCT's evaluators not only will be better equipped to effectively assess on-campus and online programs, but also will gain greater insight into the online learning process, which will be beneficial given the increasing number of online programs offered by career colleges."

About ACCSCT

ACCSCT is a private, nonprofit, independent accrediting agency whose goal is maintaining educational quality in the career schools and colleges it accredits by striving to assure academic excellence and ethical practices. ACCSCT accredits more than 800 post-secondary schools and colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico, serving over 230,000 students. To learn more about ACCSCT and accreditation, please visit www.accsct.org.

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 www.eCollege.com and www.Datamark.com.

CONTACT: Kristi Emerson of eCollege, +1-303-873-3788,
kristie@eCollege.com

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