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EDUCOM: A Retrospective by Robert C. Heterick, Jr.

1964

Five-year grant of $750,000 offered by W. K. Kellogg Foundation for new administrative operations.

1966

First issue of Educom Bulletin. First EDUCOM conference held at Duke University; attendance 150. Edison Montgomery, University of Pittsburgh vice-chancellor, elected president of Educom.

1967

Headquarters moved to Boston. Educom "resolution on Copyright" published with intention to clarify status of computer programs with regard to Copyright Revision Bill in U.S. Congress.

1968

Jordan Baruch succeeds Edison Montgomery as president.

1969

W. K. Kellogg Foundation renews support for Educom with five-year $600,000 grant.

1970

Jordan Baruch resigns presidency and is replaced by acting president Joseph Becker. Henry Chauncey named president.

1971

Educom launches Consulting Service and Library Catalog Card Service with OCLC.

1972

NSF awards $113,600 for three networking seminars.

1973

John and Mary Markle Foundation awards grant to study cable TV in education; Exxon Education Foundation grants $66,000 to study state agencies and centralized computing services for colleges and universities.

1975

Planning Council on Computing in Education and Research is created by group of 18 universities. Joe B. Wyatt elected president of Educom on resignation of Henry Chauncey.

1976

James C. Emery elected Educom president.

1977

Discount Purchase Program announced for Educom members.

1978

Educom Financial Planning Model (EFPM) completed. National Science Foundation awards Educom $360,000 for study of computer-based sharing in teaching and research.

1979

Educom receives $102,000 from Lilly Foundation to continue research and evaluation of EFPM.

1980

John W. McCredie appointed president of Educom. Lilly Foundation awards $213,000 grant for continued development of EFPM.

1982

Educom receives $282,000 grant from Carnegie Foundation for networking.

1983

First issue of Educom Networking Newsletter mailed.

1984

IBM donates $1 million plus equipment for startup of BITNET information center.

1985

Ernest J. Anastasio named 7th president of Educom.

1986

Ernest Anastasio resigns as president; Mike Roberts named acting president of Educom.

1987

Kenneth M. King named 8th president of Educom. Networking and Telecommunications Task Force (NTTF) formed with five initial members.

1988

First National NET conference held in Washington, D.C. NTTF has 40 members.

1989

Educom Review replaces Educom Bulletin.

1990

Four volumes of the Strategies Series published. Coalition for Networked Information founded.

1991

Higher Education Information Resources Alliance (HEIRA) created.

1992

First issue of Edupage released to a circulation of less than 100. Internet Society founded with Educom as charter member.

1993

Robert C. Heterick, Jr., named 9th president of Educom. Outline of National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) begun. 1994 Educom Fellows program initiated. NLII announced with 46 members.

1995

First Educom Medals awarded.

1996

Work begun on Instructional Management System (IMS).

1997

Internet2 project spun off from Educom as part of new University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development.

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