MACUL has announced that the organization will no longer charge a membership fee. The action was taken at a recent Board of Directors meeting in a unanimous vote that ended a 36 year history of charging members to belong to the organization.
“MACUL’s mission is to ignite learning through meaningful collaboration and innovation. In order to increase the opportunities for collaboration, the MACUL board chose to remove the barrier of fees for membership,” stated Board President Mike Oswalt, Assistant Superintendent, Regional Technology Services for the Calhoun Intermediate School District.
The free dues membership structure has been adopted by several organizations like MACUL who are affiliated with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), based in Eugene, Oregon. “Other organizations that have gone to a free dues membership have experienced tremendous growth. We feel that MACUL is well positioned to increase our membership and expand our impact in the Michigan educational community” said MACUL Executive Director Ric Wiltse.
Membership can be obtained either by attendance at MACUL events or applying for free membership online at macul.org. Events include regional workshops as well as Michigan’s largest annual education conference, “MACUL 2012” held March 7 – 9, 2012 in Grand Rapids. The total cost for the 2012 MACUL conference remains at the same rate as the past 5 years at $180 for a full conference registration.