What is MHEC?

The Midwestern Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) Technologies Committee charge is to leverage the combined volume of as many of the campuses in our member states as possible by negotiating favorable agreements with technology vendors. Midwestern Higher Education Compact established this committee. The committee seeks to:

  • Promote the innovative use of technology to address unique higher education needs
  • Develop strategic programs to provide access to technology hardware, software, and services
  • Advocate the interest of higher education in the development of new products and services
  • Expand information exchange opportunities
  • Identify, develop, and leverage the leadership abilities of the memberships.

The Technologies Committee is comprised of college, system, and university chief information officers; telecommunications directors; computing service directors; procurement officers; and educational planners representing both individual campuses and systems in the MHEC member states.

Contract Number: MHEC-02262015

Walker and Associates is an authorized telecommunications distributor for Ciena’s wavelength division multiplexing equipment and software. Ciena’s Packet-Optical Platform converges three comprehensive networking layers into a single platform to provide customizable services from the access edge, along the backbone core, and across regional networks. The contract also features value added services such as custom cable assemblies, kitting, material management, integration, and installation.

The competitively awarded contract establishes ceiling pricing for wavelength division multiplexing equipment, software, and related services.

Our MHEC product offerings include:

Ciena SDN, NFV, Cloud and On-Demand

  • Blueplanet

Ciena Packet Networking

  • Packetwave
  • 3000 Series
  • 5000 Series

Ciena Converged Packet Optical

  • 6500 Series
  • Waveserver
  • 5400 Series
  • Z-series
  • 6200 Packet-Optical Platform

Ciena Optical Transport

  • 4200 Series
  • 5000 Series
  • 6100 Series

Authorized Buyers

Public or not-for-profit higher education institutions (In some cases K-12, state government, or city, local, and political Subdivisions) in the following member states:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

How to Buy

Walker and Associates maintains a purchase site where you can get up-to-the-minute pricing for specific configurations as well as purchase product directly. These prices are lower than educational or commercial pricing, and when combined with volume discounts can provide very cost effective purchases for your institution. Please contact the Walker sales and customer service contact for this contract listed above.

MHEC Resources

Midwestern Higher Education Compact
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 450
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-677-2777
Toll Free: 855-767-6432 (MHEC)