California’s community colleges are being offered free membership in InCommon, enabling single sign-on access to systemwide technology offerings and vendors, as well as substantial cost savings for security certificates.
Membership fees for participating colleges will be paid for by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Technology Center at Butte College through an agreement between InCommon and the CCC Chancellor’s Office. The effort is part of the legislature-funded Technology Initiatives for Student Success.
InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a trust fabric for higher-education organizations, their vendors and partners to facilitate single sign-on from local campus accounts. InCommon also operates a related assurance program, and offers security certificate and multifactor authentication services. Its services support more than 10 million users, including 585 higher-education institutions.
Benefits To Colleges
Community colleges that choose to participate in the InCommon membership program will see significant cost benefits, said CCC Technology Center Executive Director Tim Calhoon.
- Security Certificates: As InCommon members, colleges may see an immediate savings in using the InCommon Certificate Service, which offers unlimited certificates for one fixed annual fee, including SSL, extended validation, client and code-signing certificates for all domains owned by the college.
- Single sign-on with technology vendors: Among the many InCommon participants that provide online services to the CCC are Blackboard, Box, Canvas, Dropbox, EBSCO, Microsoft, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment and rSmart.
- Single sign-on for systemwide technology offerings: Low or no-cost offerings will be available to the colleges via the InCommon Federation, when released. These include a common assessment system, the common course management system based on Instructure’s Canvas system, education planning and degree audit tools, retention tools provided by Hobsons/Starfish, a systemwide student services portal, CCCApply and all systemwide technology.
How To Join
To sign up for InCommon membership, visit www.incommon.org/ccc and follow the instructions provided.
Crista Souza is a CCC TechEDge News Contributing Editor.