TAC Is a Stockholm Challenge Finalist

Posted: May 31, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The university’s Technology across the Curriculum (TAC) program has been selected as a finalist in the education category of the prestigious Stockholm Challenge competition.

“This award is significant on many levels,” says Joy Hughes, vice president for information technology and chief information officer. “First, the application process is extraordinarily lengthy and comprehensive…. Second, there were 163 applications in the education category and there are only 20 finalists.” The education category showcases programs and projects from across the world that use new media to enrich the learning process.

George Mason’s TAC program provides grants to College of Arts and Sciences faculty members with proposals for developing class assignments that require students to use technology tools to extend their learning within the liberal arts curriculum. The program was created two years ago with funds provided by Gov. Jim Gilmore to support programs that teach information technology skills. The funds provided by the governor were used to offer faculty members various incentives–course releases, summer stipends, money for software or hardware, and/or assistance from graduate students.

TAC coordinator Jim Sparrow, who prepared the application materials for the Stockholm Challenge, travels to Stockholm to deliver a presentation about TAC on Sunday, June 4. The winners will be announced the following day at the Stockholm city hall. The winning projects receive award trophies made especially for this event by artist Jonas Torstensson.

Designed to promote the growth of the information technology industry in Europe, the Stockholm Challenge Award was created in 1993 by the City of Stockholm and the European Commission. By showcasing information technology programs and projects of excellence, the competition provides opportunities for sharing knowledge and information about new technologies and their applications. Twenty-five European cities participated in the Stockholm Challenge’s first competition. A few years later, the Stockholm Challenge became a global competition. It is broken into seven categories: New Economy, Health and Quality of Life, Culture and Entertainment, Public Services and Democracy, Education, Environment, and Equal Access.

For more information visit: http://www.cas.gmu.edu/finalist.html

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