FAU PROFILE: Technology

Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides vital general computing and telecommunications services to the University as well as serving as a consultant and coordinator for more specific information technology activities and projects carried on by the various University colleges, departments, administrative offices and research groups. Each unit is assisted in accomplishing its own goals, and at the same time OIT ensures that overall institutional goals are met.

FAU offers a variety of distance learning courses to help meet the needs of students who require more flexibility in their coursework. Currently, FAU offers more than 180 courses via nontraditional delivery methods, including interactive television, prerecorded video and the Internet. Interactive video courses are taught at one campus and broadcast to other campuses and some industrial sites in an effort to bring education closer to the student.

FAU is a member of the Internet2 (I2), Florida LambdaRail (FLR) and National LambdaRail (NLR) projects. I2 is a group of 200 U.S. universities collaborating with government and industry to develop advanced network applications for research and to further develop the Internet. FLR is a consortium of higher education institutions developing a state-wide, high-bandwidth research and education network for Florida. NLR is a group of U.S. research universities and technology companies working to provide national-scaled infrastructure for research and experimentation in networking technologies.

Earlier this year, FAU agreed to a long-term lease of its excess bandwidth capacity to Clearwire Corporation. This opportunity arose as a result of technological advances that have enabled the University to reduce its reliance on its present bandwidth configuration. The lease was awarded to Clearwire at the conclusion of an extensive and competitive public procurement process conducted by the University. The anticipated income from Clearwire will be directed to initiatives that directly support the goals of the University's strategic plan.

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