NSF Networking Plan Includes Tribal Colleges

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Tribal College News

Tribal colleges and universities expect to be at the cutting edge of technology instead of the bleeding edge, thanks in part to a National Science Foundation project for minority-serving institutions funded through EDUCAUSE, according to Steve Dupuis. He is the project coordinator for the tribal colleges on the Advanced Networking Project with Minority-Serving Institutions (AN-MSI). With this project, EDUCAUSE (an international, nonprofit association) hopes to help minority institutions use technology to enable transformational change in higher education.

NSF awarded a four-year, $6 million grant to EDUCAUSE for the project. The overall goal is to assist minority-serving institutions as they develop the campus infrastructure and national connections to become full participants in the Internet-based “Information Age.” The project, which began in September 1999, involves the collaboration of tribal colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), predominantly Black schools (PBCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions. These communities will work together and with each of their project teams in an effort to bring modern networking technology to the campuses and to establish the necessary management and staffing skills.

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium Technology Committee appointed Dupuis, who is a member of the Salish and Kootenai tribes, to coordinate the tribal colleges’ work on the project. For more information, contact him at Salish Kootenai College 406/675-4800 ext. 451 or email <Steve_Dupuis@skc.edu>.

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