Ideally, it should. But in the past, Blackboard people have told us that the only thing they can do with design is to change the color of the tabs. They did end up using some of our font styles, but my understanding is that it's pretty limited.
The Blackboard stylesheets are here:
Interestingly, IS has an employee now, Grace Wang, who is working with open source course management systems Sakai and Moodle to see what they have to offer. Grace will be presenting at the 2006 NU Information Technology Day at the Kauffman Center on Wednesday.
Both Sakai and Moodle are completely based in CSS. The Blackboard source that's currently in production is composed of framesets and tables. Not to be overly picky, but the HTML is invalid, and it doesn't pass Section 508 (had to copy and paste source to verify that): http://www.contentquality.com/mynewtest ... du/bbtest/
I don't know if any of that is controllable by people at UNL, or if it is generated by BlackBoard (and thus untouchable). If the latter is true, it's a pretty serious deficiency in our course management system of choice.