T.H.E. Journal, June 1998, p. 22A


As far back as 1992, the East Texas Learning Interactive Network Consortium (ET-LINC) began hashing out plans to fill the technology needs of its scattered, small rural schools. The model that emerged from their success can easily be applied to other efforts to design state-wide computer networks and develop distance learning programs.

First to note is the range of the collaborations ET-LINC was able to facilitate: ET-LINC brought together more than 20 Texas school districts, the Texas Education Agency, Texas A&M University and other higher ed institutions, the Texas Alliance for Education and the Arts, the U.S. Dept. of Education, numerous grants awards from nearly half a dozen state technology, education, and telecommunications offices, and several local phone companies.

Centralized and strategic planning are key to the success of a program like ET-LINC, not only to ensure that the project is properly managed and executed, but also to win grant awards and subsidies that are available to such consortia.