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Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin Pilot Federated Identity For Community Colleges and K-12 Schools

Posted on Oct 01, 2013 by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: Community Anchor Program, InCommon, InCommon Federation, K20 Education, Products & Services, Trust & Identity

Policies, processes and technology to be explored to access cloud services

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Sept. 25, 2013--Advanced research and education network members of The Quilt are participating with Internet2 to enable K-12 and community college students, faculty and staff to access online resources using campus issued electronic credentials. Eight pilot efforts will draw on the experience of Internet2's InCommon, the federated identity and access management environment supporting more than six million faculty, staff and students nationwide.

The pilots will explore policies, business processes and technologies that allow for secure and privacy-preserving methods of accessing protected cloud services. Participating universities, community colleges and K-12 schools will take advantage of the resources provided by InCommon, as well as the advanced regional networks that comprise the membership of The Quilt.

"The pilots are being conducted in partnership with the advanced regional networks supporting research and education," said George Laskaris, who serves on The Quilt Board of Directors. "Our hope is that this first round of pilots will provide important case studies and best practices that will help build secure trust frameworks for community colleges and K-12 schools as they ramp-up their access to outsourced services."

"It's now common for a faculty member in the course of teaching and scholarship to use their university credentials to access library databases, collaboration tools, data storage sites, and a host of other cloud services and online resources," explained Jack Suess, chair of the InCommon Steering Committee and vice president for information technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "We hope the InCommon-Quilt pilots can begin to bring these same conveniences to the K-12 and community college communities."

Participants in the eight pilots include:

For more information on the pilots, visit

About The Quilt
The Quilt is the national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education, representing 31 networks across the country. Participants in The Quilt provide advanced network services and applications to over 250 universities and thousands of other educational institutions.

About Internet2® •
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 consists of more than 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

About InCommon® •
InCommon®, operated by Internet2®, serves the higher education and research communities, supporting a common framework of trust services, including the U.S. identity management trust federation for research and education, a community-driven Certificate Service, an Assurance Program providing higher levels of trust, and a multifactor authentication program. InCommon participants include higher education institutions and research organizations, and their corporate sponsored partners.

Media contact:

Todd Sedmak