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Education Technology Consortium

History of CHECS


CHECS was founded in 1980 by Bill Walden, then the Associate Vice President of Information Technologies at UNM. Walden and other UNM staff and faculty worked in conjuction with other major universities in the state to create a group dedicated to joining all of higher education and combining available technologies for all members. These higher education institutions joined forced to work toward common goals and to learn from one another.

The creation of CHECS brought increased connectivity both to the larger, urban universities suchas as UNM, New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces New Mexico Institute of Minning and Technology (New Mexico Tech), as well as to many smaller and more rural schools such as Eastern New Mexico University (WNMU) and the New Mexico Millitary Institute (NMMI). Banding technology resources together enabled all these higher education institutions to not only increase connectivity and productivity, but also alllowed for better, more competitive pricing on technology services.

Original members of CHECS were:

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