ERIC Number: ED342373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Telecommunications in the West: 1990 State Legislative Actions.
An initiative of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications is a membership organization working to strengthen the efficiency, impact, and quality of educational telecommunications systems and programs. Most of the members are institutions of higher education, but the Western Cooperative also involves public school agencies and districts, state telecommunications agencies, public broadcasting systems, libraries, and private firms. 1990 was a year of relatively little action on educational telecommunications legislation in the West. Many of the states started major initiatives in 1989, and implementation was only beginning in 1990. Five major trends can be seen, however, during 1990 legislative sessions: (1) use of educational telecommunications continues to grow; (2) statewide planning continues to be a concern; (3) cooperation between schools and businesses, higher education institutions, and local governments has increased; (4) new educational technologies such as microcomputers and video continue to emerge; and (5) the role of the telephone communications industry in providing data services to state governments or educational systems continues to be studied. This report provides a summary of the major trends and legislative actions and information updates for the 16 Western Cooperative states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. (DB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.