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Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System Records, 1971-1995
Overview of the Collection
- Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System Records
- 1971-1995 (inclusive)19711995
- 3 Linear feet of shelf space, (6 boxes)
- Collection Number
- Archives 291 (collection)
- The original purpose of the Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System was to develop an interactive video communications system that would benefit technology firms in Eastern Washington by allowing both graduate level and continuing education classes in high technology fields to be taught remotely. The collection contains administrative and technical documents pertaining to the establishment and management of WHETS.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
On January 13, 1984, the Washington State University Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Washington Education Telecommunications System (WETS) and the system went active in the fall of 1985. An early idea for this system was described in 1973 in “A Multipurpose Communication Network Prototype” (see Folders 29-34 of this collection). The original purpose of WETS was to develop an interactive video communications system that would benefit technology firms in Eastern Washington by allowing both graduate level and continuing education classes in high technology fields to be taught remotely. With the establishment of WSU’s branch campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, and Tri-Cities in 1989, WHETS became a central part of class delivery to those campuses. The name of the system was changed in 1986 to Washington Higher Education Telecommunications System (WHETS), and then to Academic Media Services (AMS) in 2006.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection is organized into two series. The first series deals with the administrative side of WHETS, and is broken into three chronologically-ordered subseries: board meeting minutes and memoranda and enrollment statistics, and other miscellaneous administrative documents including the WHETS 1995 Task Force report and operational budgets and expansion. The second series contains technical aspects of WHETS such as building plans, equipment used, and information for different campus building plans such as WSU – Tri-Cities. This second series in maintained in its original order.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item Description] WHETS Records, 1971-1995 (Archives 291)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The administrative and technical papers of the Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System (WHETS) were given to the Washington State Libraries in two separate accessions on January 31, 2006 (UA2006-01), June 5, 2009 (UA2009-08), and Noember 3, 2016 (UA2016-05).
This collection was processed by graduate library science student Katrina Burch with aid from University Archivist Mark O’English in June of 2010. The small amount of material received in November 2016 was interfiled at that time.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: Administrative documents, 1971-1995Return to Top
Subseries 1.1: Board of Directors and enrollment statistics, 1984-1992
By-laws of the Board of Directors 1984
WHETS Board of Directors meetings Sept. 11, 1984 -- Agenda, minutes, memoranda.
WHETS Board of Directors Meeting Feb. 1, 1985 -- Agenda, proposal, memoranda.
Education committee of the Technology Coordinating Board meeting Sept. 10, 1985 -- minutes , memoranda, maps, by laws, reports.
WHETS Board Meeting Sept. 10, 1985 -- minutes and memoranda
WHETS Board Meeting Oct. 7, 1985 -- minutes and memoranda
Washington High Technology Coordinating Board Evaluation of WETS -- Nov. 1985
Washington High Technology Coordinating Boards Revised WETS Evaluation -- Nov. 21, 1985
WHETS Board Meeting Jan. 9, 1986 -- memoranda and agenda
WHETS name change Jan. 24, 1986
WHETS Board Meeting June 17, 1986 -- minutes, misc. papers, and memoranda
WHETS Board Meeting Oct. 17, 1986 -- memoranda, reports
WHETS Board Meeting Preliminary agenda Nov. 5, 1987
Feasibility study: Expansion and Enhancement of WHETS (WHETS, Phase I) Aug. 15, 1988
Enrollment statistics extended academic programs 1987-1988
WSU Enrollment stats for off-campus courses 1982-1989
WHETS/ITFS Student Enrollment 1985-1990
Higher Education Enrollment Report, on campus student by age, sex, and class standing. HEER Draft materials 1987-1990
Courses via WHETS fall 1985 -- Spring 1991
Enrollment Summary by semester: fall 1985 -- Spring 1992
ITFS Enrollment Totals by Industry Fall 1986 -- Spring 1992
Average # of WHETS classes, enrollment and FTEs by site Fall 1985 -- Spring 1992
Subseries 1.2: Reports and projections, 1971-1995
WHETS Enrollment Reports Statistics and projections 1985 -1992
Student Evaluations and Evaluation Summaries 1985-1990
WHETS Task Force Report 1995
A Study of a Proposed Multi-Purpose Communication System 1971
A Multipurpose Communication Network Prototype 1973
Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous administration, 1984-1989
Misc. Papers relating to WHETS: memos, teaching instruction, map, and future system development papers 1984, 1990.
WHETS Supplemental Budget Request -- Nov. 17, 1985
WHETS Operating Budget Request -- Aug. 12, 1988
Higher Education Coordinating Board: “Educational telecommunications plan for Higher Education” and supplementary studies -- Jan. 1989
Statewide Telecommunicating System 1985-1987 Biennial Budget Report
Proposal for WHETS Expansion -- December 1989
Microwave Path worksheet, summary, and graph (undated)
Series 2: Papers relating to technology, 1984-1994Return to Top
WSU Radio TV Services and Engineering projects. 1989-1990
Telecommunications issues - Symposium on Plant Biotechnology by WSU and Max-Planck Institute -- dealing with telecommunications. Aug. 18, 1990
WSU Broadcast Microwave System. 1984
Agreement between Washington State University and Washington State Patrol for emergency communication system. 1994
Outfitting the Murrow Communications Building for Telecommunications. 1990
Telecommunications equipment and various communications towers. Photographs. Undated.
Yakima FM Tower. 1989
Prosser Hill Lower PowerTV Translator. 1990-1993
Ellensburg FM Tower. 1988-1990
Agreements between King Tower and Clark College. 1990
PTFP application, draft model for the Department of Commerce, NTIA. 1990
Installing routing switcher in Richland, Washington. 1989-1990
Renovation and building plans for WSU - Tri-Cities (Richland, Washington). 1989-1990
Facilities plans for WSU - Tri-Cities. 1990
Request for selection of microwave analog switch equipment and network management system drafts and technical reports (RFP). 1990-1991
Checklist and Final RFP. 1991
Request for the selection of digital microwave radios, antennas, multiplexers (muldems) and ancillary equipment technical aspects (RFP). 1991
Checklist and evaluation process. 1991
Final Draft. 1990-1991
Request for the selection of video signal encoder/decoder (codec) equipment (RFP). Final Draft. February 1991
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Distance education -- Washington (State)
- Educational broadcasting -- Washington (State)
- Telecommunication in higher education -- Washington (State)
- Telecommunication systems -- Washington (State)
- Universities and colleges -- Washington (State) -- Communication systems.
- Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System.
- Washington State University
- Washington State University (creator)