ERIC Number: ED412805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Illinois Century Network: New Dimensions for Education in Illinois. A Vision for Communications and Computing Networking To Retain and Expand Illinois' Position as a World Leader by the Turn of the Century. Report and First-Phase Recommendations of the Higher Education Technology Task Force to the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board.
Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
This proposal calls on the state of Illinois to initiate a statewide computing and telecommunications network that would give its residents access to higher education, advanced training, and electronic information resources. The proposed network, entitled Illinois Century Network, would link all higher education institutions in the state to elementary and secondary education, public libraries, hospitals, government and government agencies, industry, corporations, small business, and individuals. The proposal envisions a network technology that would allow individuals who cannot attend a university to take courses from home or from their place of employment and at a time of their own choosing, allowing students to study more independently on or off campus. The report discusses the hardware needed, necessary changes in curriculum content, and support staff needs. It estimates capital and operating costs, taking note of the difficulties of using traditional cost-benefit analysis for such a project. Also suggested are three different types of management structure that might be appropriate, and an eight-step strategy for implementing the network. A technical appendix defines a set of goals and principles, discusses technology components, the campus infrastructure, and home access needs. A second appendix breaks out specific cost components. (CH)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Distance Education, Economic Progress, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Emerging Occupations, Excellence in Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Individualized Education Programs, Instructional Innovation, Linking Agents, Noncampus Colleges, Nontraditional Students, Partnerships in Education, Program Costs, Science and Society, State Departments of Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Technology Transfer, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois