The STARLINK network currently provides over 160+ hours of professional development programming annually to 220 member colleges and universities in twenty-four states and Canada. Plus, through the U.S. Military and embassies we provide training in 22 countries around the world.
The State of Texas Academic Resource Link (STARLINK) was established in 1989 with an initial three-year Perkins State Leadership grant awarded to the Dallas Community College District (DCCCD) and the Austin Community College (ACC) jointly by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. STARLINK was designed to provide professional development for technical faculty via one-way video and two-way audio live satellite-based programming. It began as a network of 54 community and technical colleges receiving these video teleconferences.
A grant from the Texas Infrastructure Fund (TIF) in 1997-98 allowed STARLINK to build a mobile uplink truck. This allowed STARLINK to originate teleconferences from anywhere in Texas and additional colleges began producing teleconferences. The TIF grant also allowed for a digital satellite network to be created as a partner to the analog signal, with every community college campus obtaining a digital antenna and receiver. Also, in 1997 STARLINK began the concept work to create the Virtual College of Texas (VCT). From this initial work the VCT was created and in 1998 the Austin STARLINK Office was officially assigned to the VCT project. VCT now operates as a separate TACC entity.
STARLINK constantly continues to grow, evolve, and expand its professional development offerings and delivery methods. Video production has moved out of the TV studio to campuses and classrooms around the country. Today, STARLINK seminars are delivered as streaming videos and every member college receives a DVD of each STARLINK produced program which they may duplicate. Every month an additional professional development video is the featured streaming video and our extensive program eLibrary includes 100 videos as well as over 220 short 3-8 minute teaching tips. Look for us on both YouTube and Facebook.