Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.27
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northern Michigan University
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
NMU's Educational Access Network

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The NMU Educational Access Network is a best-effort LTE service provided by Northern Michigan University without data caps or reduced speeds. At NMU, we believe the cost and coverage of broadband internet service shouldn't stop access to learning. We also believe that educating rural communities should require a heavy carbon footprint as a result of extensive travel.

The EAN is a creative and affordable way of bringing high-speed educational broadband with a full range of educational opportunities to rural America. The EAN’s epicenter is located at Northern Michigan University, the educational leader of technology in the Upper Peninsula.

The goal of the Educational Access Network (EAN) is to provide broadband access and educational resources to individuals looking to take courses, advance their careers, fulfill personal development needs, explore new topics, or regularly exercise their brains. The EAN reduces the need for rural residents to travel and reduces the carbon footprint of UP residents. To learn more about the EAN initiative, see: https://www.nmu.edu/ean/


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Public Engagement
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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