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Leading Today’s Education Institutions Into 21 C


ANDERSEN CONSULTING AND JENZABAR FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
TO LEAD TODAY’S EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Suite of Integrated eCommerce Solutions Introduce
New Personalized Education Services Targeted at
Professors, Students, Alumni and Prospective Students


Chicago, Illinois, July 19, 2000 – Andersen Consulting, a leading management and technology consulting firm, today announced a global strategic alliance with Jenzabar, a leading provider of personalised eEducation infrastructure products based on web portal technology.

Through this collaborative effort, the two companies will deliver seamless education solutions expected to augment traditional and virtual learning experiences by leveraging the Internet to attract prospects, better educate students, maintain contact with alumni, enhance graduate placement activities and recruit faculty. The alliance also combines Andersen Consulting’s highly skilled eCommerce and education industry expertise with Jenzabar’s leading application software platform.

The Jenzabar technology will enable students and faculty at subscribing universities to create their own personalised web learning experience. As a result, they will receive the information they want and need about campus news and events, world news, travel, health, library resources, shopping and recreation on their very own portal page. Likewise, faculty can use the technology to post coursework, class information, conduct tests, publicise office hours and seek consulting opportunities off campus.

These front-end services will be linked to administrative applications that introduce new financial efficiencies, dramatically simplify registration and financial aid application processes, and provide a web-based, self-service means for students to add and drop courses, obtain transcripts and check their account balance.

As a result, these services will create a personalised, integrated educational environment that strengthens the link between institutions and their university communities, with a flexible, scalable solution capable of meeting emerging needs in the new knowledge economy.

“This suite of services will contribute to brand equity of the leading higher learning institutions and strengthen the affinity that alumni feel toward their alma maters at a time when the education industry is experiencing fierce competition and facing historic change, fueled in part by technology and the Internet,” said Martin Cole, an Andersen Consulting managing partner with the firm’s Global Higher Education and Government practice.

“In this environment, the most competitive institutions will need to demonstrate that they are at the cutting edge in this evolving digital world by addressing the needs of their constituents in new ways as part of building stronger brand presence to attract the best faculty, the brightest students and the ongoing support of alumni.”

Andersen Consulting expertise combined with Jenzabar technology enables educational institutions to offer the services and processes required to build their brand.

”Educational institutions that are serious about competing in the 21st century will benefit greatly from the consulting strength of Andersen Consulting and the highly personalised nature of the Jenzabar portal application,” said Ling Chai, founder and CEO of Jenzabar. ”Together, we are uniquely qualified to help the education marketplace achieve success in delivering a consistently differentiated and personalised education experience.”

Andersen Consulting will showcase the Jenzabar eEducation platform at the Andersen Consulting Public Sector Solution Center in Reston, Va.

About Andersen Consulting
Andersen Consulting teams with the world's leading educational institutions and governments to help them reinvent themselves for the eEconomy, providing constituent-oriented services that make a difference. Approximately 5,000 Andersen Consulting experts tap the full breadth and depth of the firm's expertise, as they work with national, state and local agencies advising, implementing and even operating government services.

Andersen Consulting is a US$8.9 billion global management and technology consulting organisation whose mission is to help its clients create their future. The firm works with clients from a wide range of industries to bring about far-reaching change by aligning their people, processes and technology with their strategy. Andersen Consulting has approximately 65,000 people in 48 countries. In Australia and New Zealand, over 1800 people are employed, with revenues of NZ$403.8 million in 1999. Our web site address is www.ac.com

About Jenzabar
Jenzabar is the leading worldwide provider of personalised eEducation internet infrastructure platforms. The company’s end-to-end solutions allow educators to conduct their courses online, while students can use a Web-based browser in one single log-in to get all the related information from anywhere, at anytime. Campus administrators employ Jenzabar’s Internet Operating System(TM) for secure 24 x 7 entree to back-office student information systems. Jenzabar education partners include Yahoo!, EMC, Exodus, Oracle, and Hewlett-Packard. The company’s hallmark rapid deployment and cost-effective operation maximise time, promote a unique one-to-one experience for each learning community, and help institutions attract and retain top students with compelling Web services.

Jenzabar software runs on some 1,000 campuses. More information about the company is available at www.jenzabar.com

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Tracy Dillimore
Network Communications
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