Washington, DC, May 5, 2014-The Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education established a steering committee at its April meeting. The Steering Committee is charged with promulgating the group’s work, ensuring that the project advances in a strategic and productive way, and helping set meeting agendas.

Steering committee members are:

Molly Corbett Broad, president, American Council on Education

Paul Courant, Arthur F. Thurnau professor, Harold T. Shapiro collegiate professor of public policy, professor of economics and of information, faculty associate in the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Chuck Henry, president, Council on Library and Information Resources

Rick Luce, dean of University Libraries, professor and Peggy V. Helmerich chair, associate vice president for research, University of Oklahoma, Norman campus

Clifford Lynch, executive director, Coalition on Networked Information

Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Vanderbilt University

Elliott Shore, executive director, Association of Research Libraries

Joan Hinde Stewart, president and professor of French, Hamilton College

The committee agreed to expand its membership and will invite several leaders in higher education to join in the coming month.

Later this spring, the University of Pittsburgh i-School will post a call for proposals for the iFellows Doctoral Fellowship Program, which will support 10 fellows who will supplement the work of the Committee on Coherence at Scale with independent dissertation research.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Vanderbilt University formed the Committee on Coherence at Scale in October 2012 to examine emerging national-scale digital projects and their potential to help transform higher education in terms of scholarly productivity, teaching, cost-efficiency, and sustainability. Committee members include college and university presidents and provosts, deans, university librarians, and association heads.

More information on the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education is available at http://coherence.clir.org/.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. It aims to promote forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional, and geographic boundaries in support of the public good.