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EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information resources to shape strategic decisions at every level. A comprehensive range of resources and activities is available to all interested employees at EDUCAUSE member organizations, with special opportunities open to designated member representatives.
EDUCAUSE programs include professional development activities, applied research, strategic policy advocacy, teaching and learning initiatives, online information services, print and electronic publications, special interest collaborative communities, and awards for leadership and innovation. EDUCAUSE has offices in Boulder, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. EWU is a member of EDUCAUSE.
The EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) provides timely research and analysis to help higher education leaders make better decisions about information technology. ECAR assembles leading scholars, practitioners, researchers, and analysts to focus on issues of critical importance to higher education, many of which carry increasingly complicated and consequential implications. ECAR provides educational leaders with high-quality, well-researched, timely information to support institutional decision-making. EWU is a member of ECAR.
The mission of the Washington Higher Education Technology Committee (WHETC) is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and innovation of learning and research through the strategic and collaborative use of technology in higher education. The WHETC shall address the coordination and advise the Council of Presidents and the Higher Education Coordinating Board on all information technology related issues, policies, programs, support services, and infrastructure. WHETC establishes a foundation upon which to develop and carry out a formal information technology plan and agenda. The WHETC will consist of the Chief Information and Technology Officers or President designee of each of the following institutions: Central Washington University, Council of Presidents, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Higher Education Coordinating Board, State Board of Technical and Community Colleges, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University. Prior to the establishment of WHETC, this group acted as the Inter-collegiate Council of Chief Technology Officers (ICCTO) under the auspices of the Council of Presidents. EWU's CIO led the establishment of WHETC and served as its inaugural chair.
The Information Processing Management Association (IPMA) is a not-for-profit, tax exempt Washington state corporation whose members are either current or retired Washington State IT government employees. The Mission of the IPMA is to help maintain Washington State's position as the nation's premier IT state by continuing to advance the quality and professionalism of the Washington State Government IT community. The IPMA is dedicated to:
- Promoting professional networking among state government IT managers, business leaders and IT industry leaders
- Enhancing the IT community's teamwork, collaboration and communications across Washington State agencies
- Providing professional development opportunities for the state's IT leaders, managers and technical staff that focus on:
- Developing and enhancing key IT skills
- Expanding leadership and managerial competency
- Providing visibility to important IT technologies and their successful application
- Sponsoring events that support the state's emerging business issues
The NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium comprises colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and nearby areas. Founded in 1987, NWACC's mission is to foster communication and collaboration among its member institutions on the development and use of advanced technology for instruction, research, and administrative operations. EWU's CIO serves on the NWACC Board of Directors.
Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) - The agency's primary role is to help state and local government use technology to more efficiently serve Washington residents. The Department of Information Services (DIS) offers a wide range of products and services to schools, state agencies, counties, cities, and tribal governments. DIS provides staff to the state's Information Services Board, oversees state government IT policies and strategic plans, and is a cabinet-level agency. EWU operates under the governance of DIS.
Washington State is committed to using technology to improve delivery of information and services. The Information Services Board (ISB) was created by the state Legislature in 1987 and given authority for policy development, strategic IT planning, oversight of executive branch agencies' IT projects, and delegating authority to agencies for IT investments.
The ISB is comprised of 15 members who represent the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, K-12 education, higher education, an agency headed by a statewide elected official other than the governor, and the private sector. Eight of the members are appointed by the governor.
The Council of Presidents (COP) is a voluntary association of the presidents of Washington State's six public baccalaureate degree granting institutions, established by a duly executed Interlocal Cooperation Agreement. This association provides a forum for the presidents and senior administrators of the six public baccalaureate degree granting institutions to convene, share views, debate issues of common interest, and where possible, achieve consensus on issues affecting higher education. The Council of Presidents fosters coordination and collaboration among the public baccalaureate institutions as well as with other partners in the broad education community. EWU is a member of the COP.
The Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) provides strategic planning, coordination, monitoring, and policy analysis for higher education in Washington, and administers state and federal financial aid and other educational services.
Governed by a 10-member citizen board, which is appointed by the Governor, the HECB is charged by state law with representing the "broad public interest above the interests of the individual colleges and universities. EWU is a member of the HECB.
Higher education is facing its own perfect storm. This is not breaking news: disruptive forces have been converging for many years, colliding and intertwining to create the turmoil, confusion and opportunities that now surrounds us. From increased enrollments, rising student expectations, rising student debt, and changing student demographics to declining financial resources, increased competition, and the breakneck speed of technological change, these transformational drivers are striking on many different fronts simultaneously, making it painfully clear that we are living in unprecedented times.
Among these forces of change, information technology stands alone as both a driver of change and a potentially powerful tool for dealing with change.
Recognizing this, the Washington State legislature unanimously passed Second Substitute House Bill 1946, Higher Education Online Technology, in April of 2009. This legislation, building upon the state's 2008 Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education in Washington, created the Higher Education Technology Transformation Taskforce (TTT), a group of key higher education stakeholders who were asked to develop a plan to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of education relative to the strategic and operational use of technology in public higher education in the State of Washington.
In developing the plan the Taskforce was asked to recommend transformational strategies and tactics to:
- Reduce duplication of applications, web hosting, and support services;
- Effectively and efficiently use technology to share costs, data, and faculty professional development;
- Improve the quality of instruction;
- Increase student access, transfer capability, and the quality of student, faculty, and administration services;
- Recommend governance models, funding models and accountability measures to achieve these and related objectives.
EWU's CIO co-chaired the Technology Transformation Taskforce.
The Organization for Educational Technology & Curriculum (OETC) is an incorporated not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to maximizing the value of educational technology to its members by working with software and hardware vendors to procure the most effective and appropriate technological resources at the lowest possible price. OETC provides low-cost purchasing programs, professional development, and influence dedicated to the integration of technology in education. Schools rely on us for quality assurance and low-cost certainty for technology purchasing. OETC membership is comprised of more than 800 educational institutions, school districts, colleges, and other non-profit educational organizations throughout the U.S. EWU is a member of OETC.
Construction Specifications Institute
Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center
Information Systems Security Association
Association of College and University Telecommunications Administrators
 Washington State Legislature, Higher Education Online Technology, Web. 7 May 2009. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1946&year=2009.
 Higher Education Coordinating Board, The 2008 Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education, Web. 4 Oct 2010. http://www.hecb.wa.gov/research/masterplans/masterplansindex.asp