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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.

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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

Background

In 2017, a proof of concept of the Steward Program is currently being was conducted in partnership with MCNC.

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Information for Stewards (Restricted Access)

 

, the North Carolina regional network, to test assumptions about benefits, challenges and costs of the program.

Information for Regionals Considering Joining the Program