About Us

The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) helps liberal arts colleges and universities integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology. We work with our member institutions to enrich undergraduate education and strengthen the liberal arts tradition. Established in 2001, NITLE is the key organization for liberal arts colleges and universities seeking to engage students in the unique learning experience that liberal education provides and to use technology strategically to advance the liberal arts mission.

A Brief History

The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education is a community-based, non-profit initiative. It is headquartered at the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, DC. Its interim executive director is W. Joseph (Joey) King.

NITLE was established in September 2001, through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It operated as a fully grant-funded initiative until December 2005, and was originally charged to stimulate collaboration between selected liberal arts colleges and to act as a catalyst for the effective integration of emerging and newer digital technologies into teaching, learning, scholarship, and information management.

In January 2006, NITLE joined with three other Mellon-funded instructional technology initiatives: the Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College, the Associated Colleges of the South’s Technology Center (based at Southwestern University), and the Midwest Instructional Technology Center, which was led by the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. This unified national initiative was headquartered at Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (now ITHAKA) until May 2009, at which point its headquarters moved to Southwestern University. 

In July 2015, NITLE migrated its operations to the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The decision to move NITLE to CLIR stemmed from the recognition that the two organizations’ programmatic interests are closely aligned and that CLIR could help expand NITLE’s audience and potential collaborators. See press release for further information.

NITLE’s past executive directors are Clara Yu, who later served as the 12th president of the Monterey Institute of International Studies; Jo Ellen Parker, now president of Sweet Briar College; W. Joseph (Joey) King, now again serving as interim executive director; and Michael Nanfito.