The Learning Technology Advisory Committee (LTAC), formerly the Distance Education Advisory Committee, engages in substantive policy research and discussion dealing with the increasingly important role that learning technology plays in Texas higher education. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognizes the important role that distance education and computer assisted instruction, including e-learning tools such as electronic textbooks and open course materials, plays in helping the state reach the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015. LTAC's work includes:
Over the last several years, LTAC has reviewed the Coordinating Board's rules and policies pertaining to distance education, revised the state's Principles of Good Practice in Distance Education, and researched critical issues in distance education. During the 2011-2012 academic year LTAC will focus on producing a comprehensive analysis of distance education in Texas with recommendations for changes to Coordinating Board policy and state legislation.
Original charge: 1998
Current status: Standing, non-statutory
Meeting Schedule: Meets 4-6 time per year, including teleconferences to consider distance education doctoral programs
LTAC Members: Membership currently includes representatives from public community and technical colleges, universities, and health related institutions as well as one student member. Membership terms are for three years with the possibility of reappointment.