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Information Technology Initiative

The purpose of the League’s Information Technology Initiative, as it has been from its beginnings in 1984, is to help community colleges to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management through the application of information technology and to serve as an umbrella for a wide-ranging set of projects and activities. 

Since its inception, this project has become one of the best examples of successful technology transfer between business and industry and the nation’s two-year colleges. The annual Conference on Information Technology, a centerpiece of the program, attracts close to 4,000 participants annually from countries all over the world, making it one of the largest community college conferences in North America. Over the history of the initiative, more than $35 million in equipment and funds has made its way into community colleges. The project has been so successful that it has spawned a number of related efforts that have themselves become ongoing, self-sustaining projects, including the multi-million dollar Project Synergy. 

To leverage the impact of information technology applications in community colleges, the League works continuously with some 115 corporate partners in a variety of efforts to assist community colleges, including: sponsoring conferences, workshops, seminars, training, and showcases for innovative technology-related activities; disseminating information about model programs and practices in community colleges through newsletters, monographs, and special reports; and conducting focused special projects that develop, demonstrate, or evaluate innovative technology-related activities in community colleges.