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Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS) Records

 Collection
Identifier: UA075

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications Service (IHETS) and its related entities from 1953 to 2007. The materials are generally arranged alphabetically within each series unless otherwise noted. The collection contains ten series: Committees and Councils; Correspondence; Enrollment Data; Financial Materials; Administrative Records; Publications; External Program Correspondence and Reference Materials; Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education (IPSE); State Universities Telecommunication Coordinating Council (SUTCC); Photographs, Negatives, and Slides; and Video. Committees and Councils, 1968-2005, contains the records of IHETS’s assorted committees and working groups. Correspondence, 1966-1999, contains the organization’s correspondence files. Folders in this series are arranged chronologically. Enrollment data, 1970-2004, contains records of enrollment numbers in the TV, video, and distance education classes offered through IHETS. Folders in this series are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically, and may contain some photographs. Financial Materials, 1967-2006, contains IHETS’s financial records including budget information, funding requests, and grant proposals. Folders in this series are first arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Some materials in this series may contain personal information such as social security and credit card numbers, and are therefore restricted. Administrative Records, 1955-2007, holds administrative files regarding IHETS’s operation, including reports, studies, planning documents, and program information. Some folders in this series may contain slides. Publications, 1968-2005, contains published materials and reports of IHETS and related organizations, including TV program and distance education class guides. External Program Correspondence and Reference Materials, 1953-1980, contains files IHETS compiled on telecommunication programs in other states. Folders in this series may contain some photographs or slides and are arranged alphabetically by state followed by international materials. Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education (IPSE), 1991-2005, contains the records of IPSE, one of IHETS’s leadership committees. Some materials in this series may contain personal information such as social security and credit card numbers, and are therefore restricted. Folders in this series may also contain some photographs or slides. State Universities Telecommunication Coordinating Council (SUTCC), 1967-1977, contains council documents and meeting minutes of SUTCC, the body tasked with supervising IHETS. Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Photographs, Negatives, and Slides, 1968-1983, includes promotional images of campuses, studios, and control equipment as well as of IHETS’s staff. Video, 1974-1997, contains VHS and U-Matic tapes. The tapes feature several topics including news conferences regarding telecommunications, IHETS’s activities, and recorded conference sessions and meetings.

Dates

  • ca. 1953-2007

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Certain personal and financial information in these records are restricted. All other material in the collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Historical Note

The Indiana General Assembly signed the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications Act into law on March 11, 1967. The act allowed the trustees of Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, and Purdue University to arrange a statewide telecommunications system to connect university campuses and share educational resources through technology. More universities would be added to this list, including Vincennes University, Indiana Vocational Technical College (now Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana), the Independent Colleges of Indiana, and the University of Southern Indiana. In 1971, the Board of Trustees of the initial four state universities created the State Universities' Telecommunication Coordinating Council (SUTCC) to administer and supervise the system which arose from the act, known as the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications Service (IHETS).

IHETS was a consortium whose members included all higher education institutions in the state of Indiana. Each member institution in the consortium had representation on both of IHETS’s primary leadership committees: the Integrated Technologies Committee (ITC) and the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education (IPSE). The ITC guided operating policy and applied research for networking. IPSE was created in 1992 by the IHETS Board of Directors to encourage collaboration of programs and services. It focused on program delivery and the facilitation of eLearning courses.

IHETS’s mission was to “advance the education, research and public service activities of its member institutions and affiliates by offering and coordinating technology and e-learning services.” (“IHETS and Its Mission”) IHETS offered televised classes through IHETS TV, a campus telephone network called SUVON, and a telephone conferencing service known as ICON. In the early 1990s, IHETS began operating a statewide data network for Internet access called INDnet. The data network evolved to provide two-way video classes and support community learning centers.

In July 1994, IHETS and IPSE developed the Indiana College Network (ICN). It’s mission was “to be a learner-centered electronic-learning collaboration that provides partner institutions with innovative means to meet lifelong learning needs of Indiana citizens.” (“About ICN”) Partner institutions included K-12 schools, public libraries, public broadcasting stations, and other information and education providers. ICN was created to collect and distribute information on distance learning to students and coordinators of student services. ICN provided course and degree information through a print catalog and online database, answered questions via telephone hotline, and furnished explanations of distance and higher education procedures. Eventually, ICN also incorporated an online route for students to request enrollment.

In the early 2000s, IHETS also operated and maintained the Indiana Telecommunication Network (ITN). ITN encompassed the statewide voice, video, and data network which was created and managed under the guidance of Indiana’s Intelenet Commission. By this time, the IHETS Satellite Television Network included four channels with over 350 receiving locations both in the state and around the nation. ICN had developed 70 campus and community Learning Centers offering technology access and student support. It also linked over 1,400 credit courses and over 100 degree and certificate programs via distance learning and had become one of the ten largest virtual universities in the country.

Extent

36 Cubic Feet (35 cartons, 9 VHS tapes, 1 U-matic S tape, 6 U-matic tapes)

Overview

This collection contains the records of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications Service (IHETS) and its related entities. IHETS arose from the passage of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications Act by the Indiana General Assembly on March 11, 1967. The service oversaw statewide telecommunications systems connecting university campuses and partner institutions, including voice, video, and data networks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 1985-2007. A85-38, A2007/08-003.

Bibliography

Indiana College Network. “IHETS and Its Mission.” Accessed September 23, 2019. http://www.icn.org/index.php/coordinators-handbook/background-information/ihets-and-its-mission
Indiana College Network. “About ICN.” Accessed September 23, 2019. http://www.icn.org/index.php/about-icn-welcome
Bikoff, Ken. "Three Educators Recognized for Innovative Teaching and Instructional Support." IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, April 5, 2002. https://sice.indiana.edu/news/story.html?ils_id=399

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Title
Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications Service (IHETS) Records, ca. 1953-2007
Status
Completed
Author
Alysha Zemanek
Date
2019-09
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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