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Online University Consortium Selected by LearnShare VIP Program to Bring Quality Online Degrees to Fortune 500 Companies, 2.5 Million Employees
-- Alliance connects largest university network with largest corporate education community --

September 3, 2003, Salt Lake City, UT - Online University Consortium, the nation's largest network of leading universities, today announced it is one of an exclusive number of vendors to be selected for the LearnShare Vendor Identification Program (VIP). The program enhances Online UC's visibility among the world's largest organizations representing a combined budget of over $1 billion, and provides LearnShare's 2.5 million employee consortium members with easy access to 220 fully accredited online degree programs.

The LearnShare VIP program is an effort fueled by 28 of the world's largest corporate learning departments. (See http://www.learnshare.com for complete list.) Vendor selection is based on corporate recommendation. The program has only a select number of vendors, all of which are subject to performance standards.

"A significant value that Online UC delivers to our corporate members is in identifying the nation's best online degree-granting schools," notes Matt Franks, LearnShare's VIP Coordinator, "and providing over 220 accredited online degree programs from top name universities."

By enabling companies to cut through confusing options and identify quality providers, LearnShare complements Online UC's drive to raise the bar on online learning standards and increase corporate understanding of best practices for selection of online degree programs.

"The Consortium's participation in LearnShare's VIP program is essential as we become the go-to destination for anyone seeking quality online degrees," said Greg Eisenbarth, Online UC's Executive Director.

Online UC members are widely respected educational institutions that have both surpassed a seven-point qualification standard and educated thousands of company executives and contributing members of today's workforce. Some members include: University of Michigan, USC, University of Texas, The George Washington University, University of Illinois and University of Florida. See http://www.onlineuc.net/topuniv.html for complete list.

Building on this agreement, the Online UC is launching an enhanced website that makes it even easier to identify and select online degree programs available through www.onlineuc.net.


About Online University Consortium
Online UC was founded by leading universities to help companies and employees secure quality online education, high return on investment and relevant degree programs from trusted institutions of higher education. For more information, call 435.649.2190 or visit www.onlineuc.net.
 
About LearnShare
Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, LearnShare (www.learnshare.com) is the largest provider of employee training and development courses and services in the world. Member companies include General Motors (NYSE:GM), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), Chevron (NYSE:CHV), and Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq:NM).