Higher Ed Consortium To Receive State Funds, Stinziano Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University will get more than $711,000 to fund a statewide higher education information services consortium thanks to State Controlling Board approval Monday, state Rep. Michael Stinziano says.

Without comment, the State Controlling Board OK’d the release of $711,024 for the Integrated Technology Infrastructure project. According to state records, the project refers to the Shared Systems Infrastructure at the Ohio Technology Consortium, organized under the authority of the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.

“I’m pleased that the Ohio Technology Consortium will receive the funds it needs,” said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat whose House district includes OSU. “Ohio needs an efficient technology consortia so we, as a state, can better allocate resources and advance higher education.”

OH-Tech provides technology infrastructure operations for the Regents, the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), eStudent Services, and OhioLink.

The statewide higher education information services were initially consolidated at OARnet in 2009. OARnet built a shared systems infrastructure in order to provide a high-quality, high-availability economical computing environment for use by Technical Partner member organizations (Ohio Board of Regents, OARnet, OSC, OhioLINK) as well as other educational entities. This service has been so well received and so highly utilized that the initial deployment has already reached its capacity, according to state records.

The funds awarded Monday will be used to expand the consortium’s capacity in several areas.

Made up of six state lawmakers and a representative of the Governor’s Office, the State Controlling Board has the final say on some of the state’s larger spending projects.