Marist College Latest to Join Open Source Initiative Affiliate Program

Marist College, consistently recognized as an innovator in open source systems, becomes the second institution of higher education to join the OSI.

Dec. 9, 2015 - Palo Alto, CA -- In the Summer of 2015 the Open Source Initiative® (OSI) announced the extension of its Affiliate Member Program to include institutions of higher education, and shortly after announced admission of our first member from the higher education community, the University of Southern Queensland. Today the OSI announces Marist College has joined as well. Marist College is an important supporter and contributor to not only the advancement of open source software within colleges and universities, but also as a community member of another OSI Affiliate, the Apereo Foundation. Marist College's experiences in open source software adoption, community development and policy advocacy within the higher education landscape will inform the OSI's work throughout the education sector and help shape the Affiliate Member Program to best serve institutions of higher education exploring, using and producing open source software.

"Marist is a great reference model, highlighting how colleges and universities can leverage open source software and communities to improve their infrastructure in line with their mission," said OSI General Manager, Patrick Masson. "Indeed, Marist is consistently recognized—through public and private grants, as well as the education and technology press—for their innovative use of open source software and systems in support of their teaching and learning programs."

Marist College as implemented a variety of open source software identified to compliment new and emerging campus initiatives: the deployment of OSI Affiliate Apereo's open source Learning Management System Sakai in support of online education; partnering with OSI Affiliate, The Linux Foundation, on the Open Mainframe Project; as well as their Joint Studies projects which are multidisciplinary, applied research projects in advanced high-performance computing, open source software development and support, and converged networking.

"Given Marist's leadership role within the open-source higher education community we are very excited to become an OSI Affiliate member", said Josh Baron, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology for Digital Education, "and help support the important strategic work OSI undertakes that facilitates open source collaboration."

Affiliate Membership in the OSI is available at no charge and allows institutions of higher education to directly participate in the development and direction of the Open Source Initiative. You can learn more about the OSI's Affiliate Member Program, its benefits, and how your institution can join at:

About The Open Source Initiative
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About Marist
Marist College, recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Barron's Best Buys in College Education, and Entrepreneur, is a highly selective, comprehensive, liberal arts institution noted for its leadership in the use of technology in and out of the classroom.  Founded in 1929, Marist overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital.  Marist is ecumenical in character and reflects the ideals of the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat: commitment to excellence in education, a pursuit of higher human values, and dedication to the principle of service.  Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.  Marist educates 4,700 traditional-age undergraduate students and over 1,400 adult and graduate students in 44 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.  In partnership with Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici, Marist also educates over 500 students annually at the College’s branch campus located in Florence, Italy.

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