EDUCOM: Interuniversity Communications Council

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Science  28 Oct 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3748, pp. 483-488
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3748.483


The Interuniversity Communications Council has been formed to provide collaboration among institutions of higher learning in their efforts to utilize the emerging communication sciences. Given a W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant for administration, eight charter members announced the nonprofit organization in June 1965. There now are 50 institutional members, representing 167 separate campuses. Interuniversity task forces have been assigned to the study of computerized regional and national educational information processing networks, educational systems and technology, computer-based systems for clinical activities, the copyright problems inherent in the new media, the use of the new information technologies in continuing education, and the use of computers in academic management. Other task forces will also be established.

All information-processing activities in higher education are of concern to EDUCOM, including computational use of computers, computerized programmed instruction, library automation, educational radio and television, computerized cognitive aids, and the use of computers in clinical operations and university administration. Its primary purposes are to organize interuniversity cooperation in these fields, to disseminate reports on the state of educational information technologies, to investigate areas of critical development, and to facilitate useful applications.