TAPAC Membership

Every baccalaureate degree granting Textile, Apparel and Affiliate program aspiring to accreditation, seeking accreditation, or accredited by TAPAC is eligible for membership in TAPAC.  Each member program is represented in the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates by a designate of the program.  Membership is contingent upon paying annual dues and compliance with the TAPAC bylaws.  Membership in TAPAC is not transferable or assignable.

 Membership Categories:

Affiliate Program Member is a program seeking or aspiring to accreditation.  The program pays the non-refundable Affiliate Member dues of $500.00, with membership beginning January 1.  Dues are not prorated. 

Each Affiliate Member Program identifies a program Representative who becomes a member of the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates.  Affiliate membership allows program participation in matters addressing issues in higher education that may have an impact on accreditation.  As a member of the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates, Affiliate Members have a voting role in electing members to the TAPAC Board of Commissioners and Standing Committees.  Members of the Assembly of Delegates also have a voting role in amending the TAPAC Bylaws, Accreditation Standards, and Accreditation Policies and Procedures.

Accredited Program Member is a program that has been awarded accreditation status by TAPAC.  Accredited Program Annual Fees are $1,500.00/year.  Accredited Program representatives are members of the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates.  Membership allows program participation in matters addressing issues in higher education that may have an impact on accreditation.  As a member of the Assembly of Delegates, Accredited Program representatives have a voting role in electing members to the TAPAC Board of Commissioners and Standing Committees.  Members of the Assembly of Delegates also have a voting role in amending the TAPAC Bylaws, Accreditation Standards, and Accreditation Policies and Procedures.

 The TAPAC Assembly of Delegates is composed of a designee from each of the TAPAC Affiliate and Accredited Program members.  The Assembly of Delegates will meet annually, at a time and place specified by the TAPAC Board of Commissioners.  The purpose of the annual meeting is to receive annual reports and transact such other business as may properly come before the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates membership.  Two-thirds of the total Assembly of Delegates membership shall constitute a quorum.   Special meetings of the Assembly of Delegates may be called as described in the Bylaws. 

The TAPAC Board of Commissioners (BOC) consists of nine voting members elected by the Assembly of Delegates from its membership to represent ITAA content areas.  The term of office is three years.  Ex-Officio, non-voting members of the Board of Commissioners include the Past President or Counselor of ITAA, one industry representative selected by the voting members of the BOC, and the Executive Director of TAPAC.