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Member Resources: Higher Education




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    Serving Public Universities, Private Colleges & Community Colleges

    Merit Network is a collaborative community of education and research organizations that utilizes Merit's high-performance network, essential services, and exceptional Member support to help your institution achieve its mission and goals.

    Merit believes in the strength of a vibrant, collaborative educational community. By connecting organizations, building relationships and sharing services, educational institutions can achieve far more together than they can alone.

    Cybersecurity Training

    The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals for detecting, preventing, and thwarting cyber-attacks in a real-world setting. Throughout the year, the Michigan Cyber Range hosts certification courses covering multiple cybersecurity disciplines. A current schedule of cybersecurity courses is available online.

    Colleges and universities can rent their own space on the Michigan Cyber Range, and use the Merit Secure Sandbox to conduct their own training or cybersecurity excercises.

    Merit's High-Speed Backbone Network

    Many colleges and universities have locations in multiple locations within Michigan, many of which are connected to Merit's backbone network. Merit can provide connectivity to satellite campus locations and research facilities across Michigan. The fiber-optic backbone enables institutions share resources across the network and save costs with the Merit On-Net/Off-Net Service.

    Merit manages the nation's longest-running regional network, which has been in continuous operation since May 1973. Merit has implemented a 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) backbone to provide a flexible, robust architecture to support the needs of our Members.

    Merit Backbone Map Example

    Higher Education Spotlights

    Trusted Source for Reliable Services

    Trusted Source for Reliable Services
    Alpena Community College, Cleary University and Bay Mills Community College are among the many Merit Members taking advantage of multiple Merit services.
    Michigan Cyber Range Launches First Pilot with Washtenaw Community College.

    Michigan Cyber Range Launches First Pilot with Washtenaw Community College
    Washtenaw Community College uses Michigan Cyber Range in cyber security curriculum.
    Merit VirtualDataCenters Service keeps New Jersey Institute of Technology Online during Hurricane Sandy.

    Surviving the Hurricane
    Merit VirtualDataCenters Service keeps New Jersey Institute of Technology Online during Hurricane Sandy.
    Saving Time and Reducing Hardware Maintenance with Merit VirtualDataCenters

    Saving Time and Reducing Hardware Maintenance with Merit VirtualDataCenters
    The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) uses Merit VirtualDataCenters and saves hardware maintenance time.
    Always Ready to Help Merit Members

    Always Ready to Help Merit Members
    Merit has been providing its Members with reliable support for over two decades.
    NCAE in Information Assurance Education

    Michigan Universities at the Forefront of Cybersecurity Education
    Michigan hosts five National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
    MITE Forum photo

    An Invaluable Resource for IT Leaders
    The Michigan Information Technology Executive (MITE) Forum inspires idea sharing and fuels collaboration.
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    Saving Money with Open-Source Solutions
    Davenport University uses open-source applications to effectively manage networks within cost and time constraints.
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    Providing Members with the Resources They Need at a Lower Cost
    MeritLicensing enables virtualization and offers substantial savings and other benefits.
    Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery photo

    Merit Infrastructure in Support of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    Protecting an organization against unpredictable disasters.
    Kettering University photo

    Kettering University, "Walking the Walk" on Alternative Energy Research and Education
    Students and faculty are testing and developing alternative fuels at world-class facilities on Kettering's Flint campus.
    Macomb Community College photo

    Teaching Students, Partnering with Universities
    New network connection helps Macomb Community College offer university partners and students more opportunities.
    MSU photo

    Preserving Primary Care in Michigan
    Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine fulfills Michigan's needs for future physicians and aids rural communities.
    Hillsdale College photo

    Independent Priniciples, Exceptional Education
    Hillsdale College encourages students to broaden their perspectives; College works to grow its campus and revitalize the Hillsdale area.
    College for Creative Studies photo

    Cultivating Creativity in the Motor City
    College for Creative Studies inspires students and anticipates exciting growth in 2009.
    Henry Ford Community College photo

    Preparing Tomorrow's Professionals
    Henry Ford Community College is empowering students with education and technology.
    Madonna University photo

    Hollywood in Southeast Michigan
    Madonna University inspires big screen dreams with PAH-Fest Motown.
    Alpena CC photo

    Concrete Plans for Future Success
    Alpena Community College has established itself as a leader in concrete technology education.
    Albion College photo

    Small Size, Big Accomplishments
    Albion College uses "green-friendly" innovations and technology to excel locally and abroad.
    LTU photo

    Innovative Programs in Southeast Michigan
    Lawrence Technolgoical University offers students impressive opportunities.
    Oakland University photo

    50 Golden Years
    Oakland University Celebrates 50 Years & Looks Forward.
    Western Michigan University photo

    Ultra-Modern Dance Instruction
    Western Michigan University Professor Uses Internet2 for Dance Rehearsals.

    Contact Us

    If you need assistance, please contact Merit or call 734-527-5700.








    Recommended Services



    Merit offers several services that can benefit higher education, including high-speed network connections, MeritMail, Merit VirtualDataCenters, and MeritVoice.

    Please see the Recommended Services web page for details.







    Merit Support Center



    Our Merit Support Center (MSC) is staffed by a highly-trained team that can provide immediate assistance with any support questions or planning issues. The MSC offers 24x7 assistance year-round to Members with network connection issues and questions related to services.

    Please see the Member Support web page for details.








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