Guide to the Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System Records 1973-1995
Archives 291

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System Records
ID
Archives 291
Date [inclusive]
1973-1995
Extent
6.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
3 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
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.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] WHETS Records, 1973-1995 (Archives 291)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

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.

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Scope and Contents note

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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

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) and June 5, 2009 (UA2009-08).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by graduate library science student Katrina Burch with aid from University Archivist Mark O’English in June of 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System.
  • Washington State University

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Distance education -- Washington (State)
  • Educational broadcasting -- Washington (State)
  • Technology
  • Telecommunication in higher education -- Washington (State)
  • Telecommunication systems -- Washington (State)
  • Universities and colleges -- Washington (State) -- Communication systems.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Administrative documents, 1973-1995 

Subseries 1.1: Board of Directors and enrollment statistics, 1984-1992 

Box Folder

By-laws of the Board of Directors 1984 

1 1

WHETS Board of Directors meetings Sept. 11, 1984 -- Agenda, minutes, memoranda. 

1 2

WHETS Board of Directors Meeting Feb. 1, 1985 -- Agenda, proposal, memoranda. 

1 3

Education committee of the Technology Coordinating Board meeting Sept. 10, 1985 -- minutes , memoranda, maps, by laws, reports. 

1 4

WHETS Board Meeting Sept. 10, 1985 -- minutes and memoranda 

1 5

WHETS Board Meeting Oct. 7, 1985 -- minutes and memoranda 

1 6

Washington High Technology Coordinating Board Evaluation of WETS -- Nov. 1985 

1 7

Washington High Technology Coordinating Board’s “Revised WETS Evaluation -- Nov. 21, 1985 

1 8

WHETS Board Meeting Jan. 9, 1986 -- memoranda and agenda 

1 9

WHETS name change Jan. 24, 1986 

1 10

WHETS Board Meeting June 17, 1986 -- minutes, misc. papers, and memoranda 

1 11

WHETS Board Meeting Oct. 17, 1986 -- memoranda, reports 

1 12

WHETS Board Meeting Preliminary agenda Nov. 5, 1987 

1 13

Feasibility study: Expansion and Enhancement of WHETS (WHETS, Phase I) Aug. 15, 1988 

1 14

Enrollment statistics extended academic programs 1987-1988 

1 15

WSU Enrollment stats for off-campus courses 1982-1989 

1 16

WHETS/ITFS Student Enrollment 1985-1990 

1 17

Higher Education Enrollment Report, on campus student by age, sex, and class standing. HEER Draft materials 1987-1990 

1 18

Courses via WHETS fall 1985 -- Spring 1991 

1 19

Enrollment Summary by semester: fall 1985 -- Spring 1992 

1 20

ITFS Enrollment Totals by Industry Fall 1986 -- Spring 1992 

1 21

Average # of WHETS classes, enrollment and FTEs by site Fall 1985 -- Spring 1992 

1 22

Subseries 1.2: Reports and projections, 1973-1995 

Box Folder

WHETS Enrollment Reports Statistics and projections 1985 -1992 

2 23-24

WHETS Task Force Report 1995 

2 25-28

A Multipurpose Communication Network Prototype 1973 

2 29-34

Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous administration, 1984-1989 

Box Folder

Misc. Papers relating to WHETS: memos, teaching instruction, map, and future system development papers 1984. 

3 35

WHETS Supplemental Budget Request -- Nov. 17, 1985 

3 36

WHETS Operating Budget Request -- Aug. 12, 1988 

3 37-38

Higher Education Coordinating Board: “Educational telecommunications plan for Higher Education” and supplementary studies -- Jan. 1989 

3 39

Statewide Telecommunicating System 1985-1987 Biennial Budget Report 

3 40

Proposal for WHETS Expansion -- December 1989 

3 41- 44

Microwave Path worksheet, summary, and graph (undated) 

3 45

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Series 2: Papers relating to technology, 1984-1994 

 

Box Folder

WSU Radio TV Services and Engineering projects. 1989-1990 

4 46

Telecommunications issues - Symposium on Plant Biotechnology by WSU and Max-Planck Institute -- dealing with telecommunications. Aug. 18, 1990 

4 47

WSU Broadcast Microwave System. 1984 

4 48

Agreement between Washington State University and Washington State Patrol for emergency communication system. 1994 

4 49

Outfitting the Murrow Communications Building for Telecommunications. 1990 

4 50

Telecommunications equipment and various communications towers. Photographs. Undated. 

4 51

Yakima FM Tower. 1989 

5 52

Prosser Hill Lower PowerTV Translator. 1990-1993 

5 53

Ellensburg FM Tower. 1988-1990 

5 54

Agreements between King Tower and Clark College. 1990 

5 55

PTFP application, draft model for the Department of Commerce, NTIA. 1990 

5 56

Installing routing switcher in Richland, Washington. 1989-1990 

5 57

Renovation and building plans for WSU - Tri-Cities (Richland, Washington). 1989-1990 

5 58

Facilities plans for WSU - Tri-Cities. 1990 

5 59

Request for selection of microwave analog switch equipment and network management system drafts and technical reports (RFP). 1990-1991 

6 60

Checklist and Final RFP. 1991 

6 61

Request for the selection of digital microwave radios, antennas, multiplexers (muldems) and ancillary equipment technical aspects (RFP). 1991 

6 62

Checklist and evaluation process. 1991 

6 63

Final Draft. 1990-1991 

6 64

Request for the selection of video signal encoder/decoder (codec) equipment (RFP). Final Draft. February 1991 

6 65

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