One of the world's largest privately held software companies, SAS was founded in academia and has maintained strong ties to the academic community. Those ties grew stronger in 1996 when the company's founders looked back to the classroom and asked: Can the expertise we have developed over the past few decades enable us to produce technologies that enhance learning? The answer – an enthusiastic YES – came only after deliberating with educators. Curriculum Pathways is the result of those deliberations. Three qualities have been crucial to our success