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Centrally Paid InCommon Membership

Centrally Paid InCommon Membership For All 114 CollegesDear Colleagues,

To facilitate our federated identity initiative to allow single sign-on access to all systemwide technology offerings, CCCCO and the CCC Technology Center have put together an agreement for InCommon Membership for all California Community Colleges to be paid centrally moving forward. Ongoing funding for this effort is a part of the Technology Initiatives for Student Success funded by the legislature.

InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a trust fabric for higher education, their vendors, and partners to facilitate single sign-on from local campus accounts. InCommon also operates a related assurance program, and offers security certificate and multifactor authentication services.

The addition of CCC's 115 members will boost InCommon to more than 1,000 participants, including 679 higher education institutions, 32 government and non-profit research centers, and 296 corporate sponsored partners. InCommon now serves more than 10 million users.

Immediate Savings for Security Certificates

As InCommon members, colleges may see an immediate savings in using the security certificate program. (Visit the SSL Certificates page of the CCC Information Security Center website for information about how to receive certificates for your college.)

Single Sign-On for Higher Education Vendors

Microsoft, Blackboard, Canvas, Box, Dropbox, National Student Clearinghouse, rSmart, Parchment and EBSCO are among the many participants in InCommon providing online services to colleges.

Single Sign-On for CCC Systemwide Technology Offerings

Low- or no-cost offerings to the colleges such as the Common Course Management System (Canvas), CCC MyPath, Education Planning, Degree Audit, Retention (Hobsons/Starfish), CCCApply, and all systemwide technology will be available to the colleges via the InCommon Federation when released.

How do we Sign Up?

To sign up for InCommon membership, visit and follow the instructions provided.

Colleges that are already InCommon members can receive a refund of their membership fees. Go to, sign the CCC/InCommon Participation Agreement and Addendum (PDF) and send it to InCommon.

Please return the signed documents to:

InCommon LLC, c/o Internet2
1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Fax: 734-913-4255
Phone: 734-913-4250

Already an InCommon Member?

Please sign the Addendum and contact InCommon for a refund of your membership fees for 2015. If your purchasing department needs to reference the CCCCO/InCommon Agreement, it can be found here.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions.

Best Regards,

Tim Calhoon, Executive Director
California Community Colleges Technology Center
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Office: 530.879.4091

CCC Systemwide Technology Platform

The California Community Colleges Technology Center facilitates a CCC Systemwide Technology Platform standard that allows the system to build new Web 2.0 applications that work together, provide sharable services to the colleges, and can incorporate legacy functionality as we transition to the next generation.

CCC Systemwide Technology Platform

The Systemwide Technology Platform is composed of the following technologies:

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA): Under this model, siloed applications are deconstructed into their component services and connected via secure Internet communications. This enables these component services to be reused by college or vendor applications and combined into composite applications.

Enterprise Portals: Most of the colleges are moving to some form of portal interface for their students. By providing our systemwide applications as portlets to the colleges, they can be plugged in to provide additional services and functionality for students. In addition, a systemwide portal would tie together our applications with a common front end.

Federated Identity: Both CSU and UC have Federated Identity initiatives based on the InCommon Federation. For information about centrally paid InCommon membership, click here. InCommon includes over 200 higher education Institutions, government agencies and vendors. The OpenCCC Federated Identity enables a common sign-in for students and staff across systemwide applications and institutions while increasing security and privacy.

Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: The emergence of elastic cloud platforms, where the computing power behind deployed applications is monitored to scale up or down to service demand loads, has made it possible to efficiently handle the annual cyclic student demand on student services applications without having to build a large data center to handle peak loads.

Business Intelligence: To facilitate analysis of student pathways, outcomes, transfer, and institutional performance for continuous improvement, there is a need to bring together various disparate data sourced from the existing applications within our system, and tie them together into usable structures that can be easily researched and presented to end users in a usable format for immediate and future decision making purposes.

Transforming The Platform

With the emergence of services from statewide initiatives such as CCC MyPath, new requirements have surfaced for the Systemwide Technology Platform.

Project Glue: To not overwhelm college IT departments with connecting many new services to their Student Information Systems, there is a need to have a common connector and local control mechanism so that college IT only have to implement one interface and can control how data flows into and out of their SIS.

Data Lake: All of the new systemwide services are generating actionable data that can improve student outcomes and facilitate institutional improvement. There is a need to save data for long term research opportunities.

In-Memory Computing: Compute-intensive operations such as the recommender engine in the CCC MyPath portal must run in real time at a scale of tens of thousands of simultaneous sessions.



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California Community Colleges Technology Center Projects

The California Community Colleges Technology Center is composed of many unique projects. Initiatives facilitated by the Tech Center include:


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About the Technology Center

The California Community Colleges Technology Center, hosted by Butte College, facilitates and coordinates the work of systemwide technology. We operate under the Gartner model of “Run, Grow, Transform” to simplify our portfolio of services and prioritize resources in support of ongoing operations, the next phase of growth, and longer term transformative innovation.

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