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The Education Council of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission is a 16-member advisory committee of the NITC composed of representatives from K-12 and Postsecondary education. The Council was originally formed by Executive Order 97-7 in November 1997 to identify, prioritize, and coordinate user needs with respect to educational information technology. The Education Council first met on March 12, 1998 and has conducted monthly or bimonthly meetings since.


Mission

The mission of the Council is to advise the Commission concerning education information technology needs, goals, and policy. The Council will identify, coordinate, and prioritize matters pertaining to information technology for a more strategic and cost-effective approach to developing the State's education information technology infrastructure.


Representation

K-12 Representation [8]

• Teachers (2 public, 1 nonpublic)

• Administrators (2)

• Educational Service Units (2)

• Boards of Education (1)

Postsecondary Representation [8]

• State Colleges (2)

• Independent Colleges and Universities (2)

• Community Colleges (2)

• University of Nebraska System (2)

Non-voting Ex Officio Representation [4]

• Dept. of Education (1)

• Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (1)

• Dept. of Administrative Services (1)

• Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission (1)


Benefits

• Provides a public forum for the exchange of education technology issues and ideas among 250+ K-12 and higher education entities, both public and nonpublic.

• Provides to the NITC unbiased content reviews of I.T. project proposals originating from education-related state agencies.

&bull ;Develops and monitors action items related to the NITC strategic initiatives that benefit the State of Nebraska and its citizens.

• Encourages the sharing of resources, aggregation of demand, and competitive bidding of services among education entities in order to increase the quality and decrease the cost.


Responsibilities

• Identify and prioritize education needs that could be met in a more cost-effective manner through the use of information technology;

• Report needs, priorities, and recommended projects to the Commission in the manner determined by the Commission;

• Assist the Commission in developing, reviewing and updating the statewide technology plan;

• Recommend policies and guidelines for acceptable and cost-effective use of information technology in education;

• Establish such subcommittees, task forces, or working groups as necessary and appropriate to advise the council on matters including coordination of technology initiatives, information technology operations, information management, data administration, and technology planning and training;

• Encourage research on the effects of technology on learning and learner cognition;

• Promote equitable use and access to technology throughout the education community;

• Communicate information about Council responsibilities to education constituents through methods such as the information technology clearinghouse; and

• Such other responsibilities as directed by the Commission.


Learn More

For further information about the council, contact
Tom Rolfes
402.471.7969
tom.rolfes@nebraska.gov

To learn more about the Education Council and our responsibilities, please review the Charter (PDF).

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