Membership Board 2010 Annual Report

Membership Board Composition and Slates

2010 Membership Board Members:  Stewart Cooper, PhD, Chair; Josephine Johnson, PhD, Chair-elect; Jose Cortina, PhD; Dorothy Holmes, PhD; Debra Park ; Cisco Sanchez, PhD; Nathan Smith, PhD; Bonnie Strickland, PhD; and Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD

The Membership Board continued to focus on broad representation from APA's diverse membership, ethnic and linguistic minorities, early career interests, and governance newcomers when composing slates for election to the Membership Board.

Waiver Applications

The Membership Board reviewed three waiver cases and voted to recommend the applicants for membership in APA.

ABAP Listing in the APA Directory

The Membership Board made a recommendation to the Board and Council asking that Council approve the inclusion of the ABAP diplomas in the APA Membership Directory. The Membership Board and the Board of Directors have introduced substitute motions. The substitute motions from the Membership Board and the Board of Directors request that Council approve the inclusion of diplomate credentials in the APA Membership Directory based on the criteria for approving qualified certifying boards as created by the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP).

The Board's substitute motion also asks that Council request that CRSPPP 1) consider charging an application fee to the certifying bodies requesting to be approved for this listing in the APA Membership Directory 2) develop an approval process for credentialing bodies which will include a reasonable deadline for ABPP and ABPH to apply for approval for continued inclusion in the member directory and 3) establish the effective period for approval, after which reapplication is required or the credentialing body's approval for directory listing expires. This item is scheduled for a vote during the February 2011 council meeting.

APA Strategic Plan Initiatives

At the March 2010 spring Consolidated Meetings all boards and committees were asked to spend some time during the meetings to brainstorm about initiatives that APA might consider to accomplish our strategic goals.   These initiatives can include continuation or expansion of existing activities or may include new activities; all should be considered in light of the strategic goals and objectives.

  1. The Membership Board submitted the following initiatives:
    • Revamping of member categories and dues structure (e.g., elimination of dual discounts, reduction of membership dues for all members) including creation of a new category for BA & BS graduates and inclusion of an option that members specify that 10% of their dues go to specific activities (e.g., science advocacy)
    • Reinvent the APA Convention (1) Develop more science programming at convention or create a dual convention with science and practice programming (2) Increase the allocation of hours for science programming. (3) Free CE credits for regularly scheduled programs at Convention (4) Develop mid-career science skills workshop at convention.
    • Produce an APA Accomplishment Report to targeted specific audiences.
    • Develop a mentoring program for ethnic minority early career and mid-career psychologists to provide career guidance.
    • Brainstorm and collect data to determine projects that would appeal to science constituencies.

In addition, the Membership Board began discussions and plans for restructuring the APA dues.

CPI Increase

The Membership Board made a recommendation to the Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives that the CPI increase be discontinued and that the Membership Board and the Finance Committee review the APA dues every 3 years to determine if the dues need to be adjusted. In August 2010 the Council of Representatives voted to approve this motion.

International Affiliate Fee Increase

The Membership Board made a recommendation to Board and Council to raise the International Affiliate Fee to $50 for developed countries and $40 for developing countries. The Membership Board also recommended  to offer international affiliates the option to go paperless and receive the Monitor electronically.

The Council of Representatives voted to approve an increase to the standard International Affiliate membership fee to $50, phased in over a three-year period, and an increase to the International Affiliate membership fee for colleagues from developing/low income countries to $22, phased in over the same three year period.  These changes will be evaluated for the next three years to provide the Council of Representatives with an accounting of the numbers of international affiliates and budgetary consequences of this fee increase.  If the numbers of international affiliates fall during the 2011 year, then a three-year phase-in for the developed nations will occur.  If the numbers stay the same or increase, the phasing will proceed in two years, with a one-third increase in 2011 and a two-thirds increase in 2012.

The standard International Affiliate rates for 2011 is $34 and $21 for developing/low income countries. Subsequent to Council approval the Membership Board met with CIRP and agreed to follow the World Bank classifications for developing/low income countries. This new classification system will be implemented in 2012.

Membership Dues Restructuring

At the March 2010 Spring Consolidated Meetings the Membership Board began discussions on revamping the membership dues structure (e.g., elimination of dual discounts, reduction of membership dues for all members). The board gave staff guidelines for drafting several proposals.  As requested, Rhea Farberman presented several options to the board. After a lengthy discussion the board decided to put three proposals through to the Board of Directors. Each of the three proposals would represents an across the board dues reduction for members and the cost to APA could range from $465K to $731K.

In December 2010 the Board of Directors voted to recommend to the Council of Representatives to 1) a $40 decrease to the APA base member dues; 2) the elimination of all dual member discounts and 3) a simplified dues ramp up.

The proposed changes in this item are designed to: 1) replace constituent based dues discounts with lower dues rates for all members, 2) simplify the dues structure, and 3) keep dues expenses for early career psychologists down. A simplified dues schedule would also lessen what is now a large, annual administrative burden on staff to produce the annual dues billings. Simplifying the schedule would also allow us to more accurately estimate annual dues income.

In addition the Council of Representatives is asked to approve in principle several changes to the Life Status/Dues Exempt Category and to request that the Bylaw and Association Rule changes needed for implementing the following be brought to Council for action at its August 2011 meeting:

  1. Eliminating the dues step-down process;

  2. Changing the eligibility criteria for becoming dues exempt to 69 years of age and 29 years of membership;

  3. Removing the criteria for eligibility for dues exemption from the Bylaws, thereby giving Council the authority to approve the criteria for eligibility in the future;

  4. Adding a minimal administrative fee (e.g. $25 beginning in 2013) for those members who are dues exempt who choose not to receive the American Psychologist and Monitor and therefore do not pay the subscription price/serving fee. (This fee would not be applied retroactively.)

  5. Adding a new category titled "Transitioning Members" for Members and Associate members who have reached both 59 years of age and 25 years of full membership and are employed for less than 10 hours per week.

This item is scheduled for a vote by the Council of Representatives in February 2011.

Review of Nominations for Initial Election to APA Fellow Status

The Membership Board received the list of 2010 Initial Fellows from the Fellows Committee.