Our organization traces its roots back to 1991, when three computing directors at two small colleges in Vermont met to discuss the growing gap between the administrative computing solutions used by their institutions and those available at larger schools. It’s not uncommon for larger schools to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a single piece of administrative software—a cost that is out of reach for most of our members.
Out of this meeting grew “ACCESS” Administrative and Campus Computing Environments at Small Schools. Initially, ACCESS was conceived as a forum for small colleges, but secondary schools expressed such interest that the organization was quickly expanded to include them. In 2000, the organization changed its name to edACCESS (to avoid confusion with a certain well-known database product).