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August 4, 2003
CONTACT: Sarah Allen
The MWW Group
or Cheryl Costanzo
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – August 4, 2003 –Breaking
new ground in higher learning technology, AIU Online today became the
first U.S. University or college to offer secure electronic signature
capabilities on all legal documents required for a student to apply and
enroll in an online degree program. AIU Online gained approval to
implement an expanded secured Personal Identification Numbers (PIN)
system in place of ink signatures from its state authorizing agencies,
the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission of the State of Georgia
and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
“AIU Online’s e-signature program is an exciting, progressive
step for higher learning technology. Our online students will enjoy the
ease and convenience of a paperless signature process on all documents,
and they can be assured of secure transactions. In support of our
superior student-friendly technology, the new e-signature system ensures
student identity is verified and the PIN is properly authenticated and
protected,” said Nick Fluge, president of Career Education Corporation’s
(Nasdaq: CECO) Online Education Group and chief operating officer of
Last year, AIU Online pioneered technology in the field of higher
education as the first U.S. University to provide e-signatures for
Financial Aid related documents. Today, AIU Online’s expanded
e-signature integration for all documents is required through the
University’s dynamic, interactive application process and learning
experience. Replacing traditional pen-andink signatures, this PIN system
enables students to quickly and confidentially electronically sign
enrollment and other required forms in addition to the Financial Aid
“The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act
(ESIGN), signed into law in 2000, validated a PIN as a legally binding
signature and allows businesses and individuals to sign everything from
contracts to mortgages online,” said Fluge. “Today, empowered by this
law, AIU Online continues to lead the advancement of distance learning
with a secure e-signature program that makes document approval much
easier for our students.”
Prior to the federal ESIGN Act, the Georgia Electronic Records
and Signatures Act of 1997, and the Illinois Electronic Commerce
Security Act, signed into law in 1998, allowed for electronic signatures
to be legally binding to facilitate and promote electronic commerce in
AIU Online offers degrees in Business Administration, Information
Technology, Education, Healthcare Management, Human Resource
Management, Marketing and Visual Communication. According to Fluge, the
new e-signature program maintains the University’s commitment to
student-oriented, quality education and demonstrates AIU Online’s
For more information on the new e-signature program at AIU Online, visit www.aiuonline.edu or contact Michelle Harris, AIU Online Public Information Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American InterContinental University is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Career Education Corporation (Nasdaq: CECO), one of the
largest providers of for-profit, postsecondary education. CEC operates
74 campuses in the U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the
United Arab Emirates and had approximately 63,000 students as of July
31, 2003. AIU Online is the web-based virtual campus of American
InterContinental University, an international university with
residential campuses located in Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Ft.
Lauderdale, FL; London, England; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
American InterContinental University has been educating students for
over 30 years and is regionally accredited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools.
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