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For The Second Year In A Row, ClassesUSA Selected By MSN To Power The Encarta Online Degree Center

ClassesUSA's Diverse Online Higher Education Directory and Related Content Expand MSN Encarta Offerings

Staten Island, NY - July 6, 2005- For the second consecutive year, ClassesUSA, the web's leading online education portal, has been selected by MSN® as the exclusive advertising and content partner for the Encarta® Learning Center on MSN. The renewal allows ClassesUSA to build upon its experience and expertise as the premier source of online higher education information. The companies will work collaboratively to enhance the Encarta Online Degrees Center on MSN offerings, including the addition of specialized online learning subcategories and the enhancement of a library related to earning a degree online.

ClassesUSA provides MSN users with a comprehensive directory of online higher education opportunities by degree levels from more than 150 of the nation's top accredited college and universities. Users can also surf for information about online learning programs specific to different academic disciplines, including healthcare, education, business, criminal justice, etc., as well as new subcategories such as those from traditional colleges and universities and a dedicated international student section.

The relationship also provides MSN users with access to content and in-depth articles about online degrees, financial aid, accreditation, profiles, and more, as well as a dedicated “MSN Spaces” area specific to eLearning blogging and discourse.

“We are enthusiastic about continuing our momentum with MSN in support of online learning,” says Jordon Keltz, CEO of ClassesUSA. “With reports that one in every 10 students will be enrolled in a fully online program by 2007, the Online Degrees Center is an excellent tool for professionals considering such an endeavor.”

“We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with the ClassesUSA team. It’s a privilege to work so closely with a company that shares our passion for online learning,” adds Jim Pollock, producer of the Encarta eLearning Center.

Online learning represents one of the fastest growing facets of higher education, according to Eduventures, a Boston, Massachusetts-based research firm. Online education accounts for approximately 25% of all university growth. In fact, by the end of this year, 1.2 million students will be enrolled in college fully online, up from just 483,000 in 2002. By 2007, that number is expected to jump to 1.7 million.

About ClassesUSA, the Web’s leading online higher education portal, enables professionals to find an online degree or certificate program best suited to advancing their professional goals. Each month, over one million adults visit the site, which boasts over 100 accredited college and university partners. Since entering the online higher education marketplace in 2001, ClassesUSA has fostered strategic content partnerships with sites such as MSN, AOL, and others, and has built a reputation as the most trusted and recognized brand providing professional adults with access to online educational opportunities. ClassesUSA is also the publisher of Online Degrees Magazine, a bi-annual national publication designed to empower adults considering distance learning as the tool to use to advance themselves both personally and professionally.

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