NACTA - the First 25 Years History is Available for Downloading.
If you are a history buff and would like to learn more about the early history of NACTA, you can download a copy of the history of the first 25 years of NACTA
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) was organized in, 1955, at Central Missouri State College, Warrensburg, Missouri. The initial process of organizing NACTA was long and underwent many “growing pains” during the formative years, but given the result of many hard working and dedicated members, NACTA’s history and subsequent success is most definitely noteworthy.
Do you know what NACTA stands for? Now it stands for the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, but this has not always been the case. When the organization was founded in 1955, it was actually called “The National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture”. During the 1960 Annual Conference, members suggested the name be changed in order to permit the solicitation of institutional memberships. This suggestion was acted on during the 1963 Annual NACTA Conference and finalized, giving NACTA the new name of “National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture”. It wasn’t until some 39 years later in 2002 that NACTA took on the current name we all know and recognize today as North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. The reasoning behind this third and final name change was in order to include Canadian members.
The mission of NACTA was and remains (1) to provide for all postsecondary teachers of agriculture a forum for discussion of questions and issues relating to the professional advancement of agricultural instruction and (2) to seek improvement in the postsecondary teaching of agriculture through examination and discussion of courses and curricula, teaching and testing techniques, facilities, and materials. NACTA also encourages, promotes, and rewards instructional excellence in agriculture and the research supporting this instruction. In short NACTA focuses on the "scholarship of teaching and learning.
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