Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (TACTYC) was founded in 1974 by a group of innovative educators from the New York area. The first TACTYC meeting was held on March 2, 1974 at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. Under the direction of organizer and founding president, Professor Florence Cogan of Nassau Community College, a group of 21 attendees representing eight two-year colleges from the New York Metropolitan area met. These founding members saw a pressing need for an organization that would be sensitive to the needs of two-year college accounting faculty.
Since its creation, TACTYC's primary objective has been and continues to be the advancement of accounting education. It has always emphasized the development of creative and innovative teaching and curriculum. TACTYC was organized to encourage networking on issues of significance to accounting education. It has served as a forum for sharing innovative ideas in curriculum, teaching techniques and methodology.
TACTYC has also been a champion of causes important to accounting education. It has always been a proponent of fair and inclusive articulation from two to four-year programs and has taken up this cause on several important fronts:
- In New York state, TACTYC was instrumental in preventing the curtailment of accounting transfer credit to upper division institutions.
- TACTYC officers testified at the American Assembly of College Schools of Business (AACSB) hearings questioning the continued accreditation of AACSB and successfully lobbied the AACSB to soften its stand on lower division accounting education. From its original position as an adversary of two-year colleges, AACSB eventually became a supporter through TACTYC's lobbying efforts. The AACSB went so far as to embrace the need for two-year programs and the importance of the service that two-year colleges provide to accounting education.
- TACTYC board members have also been actively involved in the work of the Accounting Education Change Commission (AECC). They have extensively furthered the cause of two-year education and were instrumental in AECC's strong positive recognition of the importance of two-year colleges in accounting education.
As an organization begun by two-year educators, TACTYC believe that innovative and qualitative teaching of accounting is the equal of accounting research. While traditional research institutions might refute this, current trends in accounting education support what TACTYC has been espousing for many years.
Since its inception, TACTYC has been providing conferences as a forum for discussing issues of importance to accounting education. These conferences have been held in numerous cities throughout the country including Albuquerque, Atlanta, Boston, Kansas City, Denver, Portland, Austin, Fort Worth, Miami and New Orleans all of which have been well received.
Over time, TACTYC's reputation and stature have grown and TACTYC currently boasts individual membership from 44 states and welcomes institutional members from across the country. While TACTYC is culturally based among two-year colleges, the issues it supports are important to all participants in accounting education. It openly solicits the support and involvement of all individuals and institutions who share their interest in the improvement of accounting education in the new millennium.