The CENIC Community
In 1996, visionary leaders within the University of California, Stanford, California State University, Community Colleges, USC, and Caltech came together to create CENIC. Over time, the State’s K-12 education system and California State Libraries became new Charter Associates
The mission of the non-profit organization created by these original charter associates was to connect California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing a world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. Serving these core institutions comprises our charter.
CENIC’s network resources provide cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support the missions of our members —responding to the needs of their faculties, staff, students and associated research groups — and to facilitate excellence in scientific, education, government, and private sector collaboration and innovation.
CENIC Membership Categories:
Charter Associate: Founding and governing research and education members of CENIC that comprise the Board of Directors to set policy and guide the organization. Charter Associates have full access to CENIC’s entire portfolio of networks and services. See full lists of Charter Associates by segment >
Associate: Independent research, education, medical, or technology institutions and organizations that engage with and connect directly to the broader CENIC community. Associates have direct access to CENIC’s portfolio of networks and services. Click for Associates list >
Sponsored Associate: Cultural, scientific, or artistic institutions or organizations with a close tie to a Charter Associate that serves as a sponsor. Sponsored associates have direct access to an abbreviated portfolio of CENIC’s networks and services. Click for Sponsored Associates list>
Auxiliary Associate: Smaller institutions and organizations that engage with the CENIC community. Auxiliary Associates have direct access to an abbreviated portfolio of networks and services. Click for Auxiliary Associates list >
Affiliate: Education or research institutions and organizations that make use of CalREN indirectly, by connecting to and behind a Charter Associate that is willing to serve as an affiliate’s connection to the CalREN Network. Click for Affiliates list >
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