This wiki space is primarily for the use of InCommon and Stewards' staff members who are directly involved in the creation and operation of the Steward Program. There are, however, a few items that may be of more general interest.
- Public information about the Steward Program is available from InCommon Steward Program: Federation for K-14.
- InCommon conducted a community review of the Steward Program between August 30, 2016 and September 29, 2016. Please see InCommon Steward Program Community Review for the results of that review.
The InCommon Steward Program extends the benefits of federated identity management to K-12 school districts and community colleges. The Steward (a state or regional network) manages the implementation and InCommon provides the infrastructure and operational experience.
Benefits for the Steward
- Enhances collaboration with K-12 and community college members
- Federated identity management reduces support traffic by reducing signons
- Federated IdP increases security and simplicity by reducing the need for multiple credentials
- Provides access to a national trust infrastructure and teaching, learning and research services across all of U.S. research and education
- Leverages the existing InCommon Federation technical and support infrastructure
Benefits for the School District and Community College
- New possibilities for sharing of services and software
- Potential seamless transition from one educational level to the next
- Access to national and international resources
- Reduces the number of passwords individuals need to remember, and reduces the likelihood that their credentials will be compromised
- The Steward manages the technical infrastructure, so no need for additional resources and technical expertise
In 2017, a proof of concept of the Steward Program is currently being was conducted in partnership with MCNC.
Information for Stewards (Restricted Access)
- Includes project management information for the proof of concept
, the North Carolina regional network, to test assumptions about benefits, challenges and costs of the program.