Applications of information technologies in education are affecting the essential nature of teaching, learning and scholarship. From computer workstations and video sites which are becoming increasingly commonplace, faculty, students and researchers are able to communicate and share resources via network with anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world. Data and video networks are, in fact, creating a national knowledge highway.
The New Jersey Intercampus Network, Inc. (NJIN) has played a key role in facilitating the understanding and the use of information technologies throughout higher education in the state. By establishing key collaborations with data and video network providers, and by demonstrating applications of such network linkages, NJIN has helped to effect a dramatic increase in interest and utilization of such technologies. It is this "value-added" role which NJIN plans to expand for the benefit of all New Jersey's educational community. The focus will be on expanding participation in networking applications by college and universities, as well as on bringing the advantages of networking to college-school collaborations.
NJIN operates through the Board of Trustees and a variety of task forces and committees, involving volunteers from all sectors of higher education, liaisons at every college, and many industry and government representatives. NJIN defines its primary functions as a broker, facilitator, coordinator, and partner working with the colleges, schools, and services providers to create an integrated human and technological network. An important part of this role for NJIN is as an incubator for the development of key services, which will eventually become self-supporting entities or services provided by other vendors.