July/August 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 6

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Council Highlights

ASA Council held its mid-year meeting on February 12-13, 2011, in Washington, DC. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a snapshot of key decisions and discussions.


The minutes for the various Council meetings, conference calls, and email votes from August 17, 2010, through February 1, 2011, were approved.



MFP Transition.

To follow up on recommendations made by the Committee on the MFP Transition, Council asked the MFP Advisory Panel to prepare a set of concrete recommendations for future activities/directions of the program, accompanied by an appropriate budget, for review by Council in August 2011.



After considerable discussion, Council approved a model for a new dues structure as recommended by the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB). A membership referendum on changing the dues structure was added to the ASA ballot in May 2011. It was also agreed that, if approved, a new unemployed dues category will be implemented in 2012, and the remainder of the new dues structure will be implemented in 2013.


Bylaws changes were approved for five Sections, and one section was asked for clarification of its proposed changes.

Annual Meeting.

Status Committees and Task Forces.

NRC Doctoral Program Rankings.

Council accepted the report of its Subcommittee on NRC Doctoral Program Rankings with a commendation for its work. The Executive Office was directed to circulate the report and its findings including distribution to department chairs, the National Research Council and other appropriate people and organizations..

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