Karen Wetzel


Karen A. Wetzel has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years. She joined EDUCAUSE as Program Manager in March 2011, managing the Advanced Core Technologies Initiative (ACTI) Working Groups and working with the EDUCAUSE Washington Office, where she supported the Network Council, the EDUCAUSE Campus Policy program, and the EDUCAUSE Policy office. In summer 2013, she transitioned to working under the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR), where she is responsible for leadership and management of the ECAR Working Groups (formerly ACTI). In this role, Karen provides direction to the working groups and collaborates with members and EDUCAUSE colleagues to ensure that current issues, emerging trends, and opportunities of special interest are identified, supported, and communicated.

Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, Karen served as Standards Program Manager for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), where she participated in leadership committee and working group meetings to help develop work priorities, workflows, schedules, and benchmarks; developed and organized outreach and education programs; developed organizational procedures and policies; and oversaw standards development work and reporting. As Distance Education Librarian at The George Washington University, she developed and directed a library services program for the university's distance education community. Previously, she worked with the Association of Research Libraries, where she managed the association's distance learning initiative. Karen holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA from Boston College, and an MLS from the Catholic University of America.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Ethernet Fabrics: Technology Spotlight
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    Ethernet fabrics address networking issues that have come about as a result of an increase in server virtualization and more complex and diverse applications. Ethernet fabrics help meet bandwidth and flexibility requirements and provide a scalable, low-latency networking approach.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


ELI Member
ECAR Subscriber

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • ECAR Campus Video Strategy Working Group
    • ECAR, 2016 - 2019
  • ECAR/CNI Digital Humanities Working Group
    • ECAR, 2016 - 2019
  • ECAR Research Data Sharing Working Group
    • ECAR, 2016 - 2019
  • ECAR IT Strategic Plans Working Group
    • ECAR, 2015 - 2018
  • ECAR IT Service Management Working Group
    • ECAR, 2015 - 2018