In 1977, a committee of the board of directors of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (now the American Association of Community Colleges, AACC) created the “Task force on the Uses of Mass Media for Learning." In 1993, the renamed Instructional Technology Council, ITC, became its own separate non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. ITC is an affiliated council of the AACC and represents nearly 400 institutions that offer distance education courses to their students in the United States, Canada and around the world.
Headquartered in Washington, D. C., ITC is staffed by the ITC executive director and ITC membership services coordinator.
ITC is a leader in advancing distance education. ITC's mission is to provide exceptional leadership and professional development in higher education to its network of eLearning practitioners by advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices and potential in educational technologies. ITC tracks federal legislation that will affect distance learning, conducts annual professional development meetings, supports research, and provides a forum for members to share expertise and materials.
ITC members include single institutions and multi-campus districts; regional and statewide systems of community, technical and two-year colleges; for-profit organizations; four-year institutions; and, non-profit organizations that are interested or involved in instructional telecommunications.
ITC offers institutional and corporate memberships. The institutional membership rate is $450 per year. Institutional memberships are available to single or district community, technical, or two-year colleges; four-year institutions, or non-profit organizations. A designated contact is the voting representative and distributes the member benefits across his or her institution. The corporate membership rate is $750 per year. Corporate memberships are available to for-profit organizations. This membership is non-voting, but members receive all other ITC benefits and discounts.
The ITC Regions
The ITC is comprised of member institutions in six regions: Northeast, North Central, Southeast, South Central, West, and International. Members in each region elect a regional representative who serves a two-year term on the ITC Board of Directors.
- Northeast Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
- North Central Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
- Southeast Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
- South Central Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
- West Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
The ITC Board of Directors
ITC Board members are required to attend three face-to-face meetings. Meetings are held in November and February and in the summer. Board members meet in November in Washington, D.C. after the Association of American Community Colleges’ Council of Affiliated Councils and Commission meetings. The ITC chair attends AACC's Council of Affiliated Councils meeting. The ITC appoints a representative to serve on AACC’s Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends and on AACC’s Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development. Board members meet in February before the annual eLearning conference. The board also meets for three days in the summer in conjunction with the ITC’s annual leadership academy. The location for the summer leadership academy and board meeting varies. Board members also participate in monthly audioconference calls.
The ITC board of directors includes elected officers, six regional representatives, and appointed at large committee chairs.
Past ITC Board Chairs
|J. Terence Kelly||Miami-Dade Community College District||1979-80|
|Roger Poole||Dallas County Community College District||1980-81|
|Sally Beaty||Southern California Consortium||1981-82|
|Ned Glenn||Miami-Dade Community College||1982-83|
|George Willey||Bay Area Consortium||1983-84|
|Jan Baltzer||Maricopa Community College District||1984-85|
|Rich Gross||Kirkwood Community College||1985-86|
|Ron Brey||Austin Community College||1986-87|
|Jack Pirkey||Tarrant County Community College District||1987-88|
|Bonnie Rogers||Saddleback Community College||1988-89|
|Michael Reddington||Open Learning Agency||1989-90|
|Pamela Quinn||Dallas County Community College District||1991-92|
|Leslie Purdy||Coastline Community College District||1992-93|
|Rich Gross||Kirkwood Community College||1993-94|
|Peggy Falkenstein||Sinclair Community College||1994-95|
|Mickey Slimp||Tyler Junior College||1995-96|
|Lynn Murphy||Waubonsee Community College||1996-97|
|Eleanor Minich||Florida Community College at Jacksonville||1997-98|
|Suzanna Spears||Morgan Community College||1998-2000|
|Michael Catchpole||North Island Community College||2000-2002|
|John Sneed||Portland Community College||2002-2004|
|Ronda Edwards||Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative||2004-2006|
|Lynda Womer||St. Petersburg College||2006-2008|
|Fred Lokken||Truckee Meadows Community College||2008-2010|
|Jean Runyon||Anne Arundel Community College||2010-2012|
|Anne Johnson||Inver Hills Community College||2012-present|
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