Information Technology Services

Blackboard Update Schedule

This is the regular 3-times-a-year schedule for applying software updates to the Blackboard LMS. This schedule is not intended to include major releases or version upgrades of Blackboard, but rather the minor point releases, patches, and security fixes that are released by Blackboard on a regular basis. All updates are installed in our Test environment, allowing regression testing and feedback, and then installed to our Production (Live) environment approximately 2 weeks later.

If you are interested in contributing to the designated testing, please contact Robert Adelson at (201) 761-7806 or and an account access will be created for you.

Urgent updates and alerts are available on the Service Advisory page

For calendar year 2017

Approved by IT Governance Committee on 10/11/2016

Test Release End of Test Feedback Review Production Release Release Notes
Q1 2017 RELEASE Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 pdf icon
Q2 2017 RELEASE Sunday, May 14, 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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Q3/4 2017 RELEASE Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 pdf icon


  • Installation on Test Environment. At this date, the updates would be applied in the test environment for a period of two weeks. This 13 day window provides an opportunity for designated testers to access the test system and report any concerns about the test implementation of the updates back to IT for research and resolution.
  • Testing sign-offs. Designated testers will have until this date to submit feedback on proposed updates.
  • Installation on Production environment. Managed Hosting services will perform the update on Production on Tuesday Morning. This typically takes 5-7 hours – please be advised that the Service Level Agreement in place designates potential update downtime for a period of up to 12 hours. This schedule ensures availability of support once updates are implemented. Dates have been selected to avoid coinciding with the end of any terms..

For calendar year 2016

Approved by IT Governance Committee on 10-29-2015

Test Release End of Test Feedback Review Production Release Release Notes
Q1 2016 RELEASE Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 pdf icon
Q2 2016 RELEASE Sunday, May 15, 2016 Saturday, May 28, 2016 Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 pdf icon
Q3/4 2016 RELEASE Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 Tuesday Nov 1, 2016 pdf icon