Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Agreement Extends .Edu to All Colleges

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Agreement Extends .Edu to All Colleges

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WASHINGTON

A recent government decision that will shorten Web addresses for many community colleges is being heralded as a critical stride forward, both symbolically and technologically, by higher education officials.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced earlier this month that it intends to enter a cooperative agreement giving jurisdiction of the .edu domain to Educause, a nonprofit technology association that represents more than 1,800 colleges, universities and education organizations. Educause will replace VeriSign, Inc., a private California-based company that controls .com, .org and .net domain names.

Part of the decision will allow community colleges to register Web sites with an .edu domain for the first time. Until now, a 1994 rule has reserved the .edu domain for accredited four-year institutions, such as colleges or universities.

According to Margaret Rivera, director of membership and information services at the American Association of Community Colleges, 315 community colleges currently have .edu domains. She sad these schools likely obtained their domains before the 1994 rule went into effect. Other community colleges tend to have longer Web addresses often ending in ". …

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