|Education Program Needs Computer Package |
Education Program Needs Computer Package
By Joe Burlas, Army News Service, Aug. 7, 2000.
Washington -- The Army is moving quickly to get its recently announced online university up and running.
Less than a month after announcing the education initiative, Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera and other senior Army leaders met with more than 800 academic and business officials Aug. 2 during an Army University Online Access Industry Day to determine how best to make the program work.
The Army wants a single academic entity or consortium contractor to:
- Develop and coordinate the network of participating universities, colleges and career schools.
- Manage the technology package and Internet service.
- Provide computer training and technology help desk services as necessary.
- Track course participation and progress.
- Coordinate the award of degrees and certifications.
Provide a technology package of a laptop computer, printer, Internet Service Provider account, and maintenance and warranty of equipment, to each soldier upon initial online course enrollment. A draft Request For Proposal will be released to potential contractors Aug. 11. Based upon contractor questions and requests for clarifications, a final RFP will be issued Sept. 8. The contract is scheduled to be awarded in mid-December.
A test of the program is slated to start in January at three currently unnamed Army installations.
(Editor's note: This article is designed to run as a sidebar to "Army seeks industry help for online university."