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The InCommon Steward Program



titleInCommon Steward Program Comments and Feedback

The InCommon Steward Program is open for community review through September 29, 2016. Please review the documents linked from including the overview paper and the review of the trust model under the Steward Program.

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 Comments on the InCommon Steward Program


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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 was conducted in partnership with MCNC, the North Carolina regional network, to test assumptions about benefits, challenges and costs of the program.

Information for Regionals Considering Joining the Program