Press Release Details

American Public University System Selects Sakai's Learning Management System

April 22, 2010

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., Apr 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --American Public University System (APUS) has chosen Sakai as the foundation for its new Learning Management System (LMS).

In selecting Sakai, APUS has committed to assisting the open source community in the shared goal of creating a robust learning environment that combines technology, content, and services to meet the evolving needs of higher education. Close collaboration with the other institutions using Sakai will influence the future development and direction of next-generation higher education technology.

"Our students deserve and expect high quality learning outcomes at a very reasonable cost," says Wallace E. Boston, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The new APUS Learning Management System will allow us to continually improve and enrich the already high-quality educational experience our students and faculty enjoy by providing the open source alternatives and resources offered by Sakai's collaborative community."

Designed by educators for educators, Sakai has become the platform of choice by over 200 leading educational institutions worldwide, due in large part to its flexibility. Sakai provides features to supplement and enhance teaching and learning, while helping to organize communication and collaboration.

Beyond that, Sakai's open approach allows colleges and universities to deploy, host, and modify the software in whatever manner best supports institutional skills, needs, and goals. Sakai's open development process allows local enhancements to be incorporated into future versions of the software to benefit the entire Sakai community.

About American Public University System

American Public University System is an online university system that includes member institutions American Public University and American Military University, and educates more than 60,000 adult learners worldwide. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help working adults pursue degrees in subjects ranging from homeland security to management and liberal arts.

About Sakai

Sakai is an online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Many users of Sakai deploy it to support teaching and learning, ad hoc group collaboration, support for portfolios and research collaboration. Sakai is a free and open source product that is built and maintained by the Sakai community. Sakai's development model is called "Community Source" because many of the developers creating Sakai are drawn from the "community" of organizations that have adopted and are using Sakai. The Sakai community is actively developing new Sakai tools: IMS Common Cartridge, SCORM, blog tool, shared whiteboard, shared display, multipoint audio, multipoint audio, pod-casting, IMS Tool Interoperability, and others. The non-profit Sakai Foundation provides infrastructure and coordination support for the Sakai community and is the point of contact for information about Sakai.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release regarding American Public Education, or its subsidiaries, that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about American Public Education and the industry. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to differ materially from such statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "should", "will" and "would". These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding expected growth. Any difficulties with the transition to a new online classroom could result in an adverse impact on the Company's operations, student enrollment and financial results, as well as other adverse occurrences. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including the various risks described in the "Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 as filed with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

SOURCE: American Public University System (APUS)

American Public University System (APUS)
Christopher L. Symanoskie
Associate Vice President, Corporate Communications