New Research From the ASAE Foundation

A preview of research and education events being presented at Annual Meeting.

The ASAE Foundation recently launched a study collecting data on associations' accreditation, certification, and licensing programs. The study seeks to find out what makes credentialing programs sustainable and how they affect member retention and value. The study will also examine the features of credentialing programs and whether certain features are more attractive than others to those with the credentials and to the associations involved with offering and promoting the credentials.

A full report on the study will be released later this year, with a preview of the study during the 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo in St. Louis. The preview session "Leverage Your Credentialing Programs," presented by Mary Tschirhart, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Nonprofits and professor of public administration at North Carolina State University, will take place on Monday, August 8, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. The session will explore the preliminary findings from the new study and the practical implications for associations.

For more updates on the latest research and trends in association management, brought to you by the ASAE Foundation, check out these additional Learning Labs at the Annual Meeting:


"Future Trends: State-of-the-Art of Environmental Scanning in Association Management," Alan Balkema and Jim Dalton, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

"Accurate Comparison Data = Strength in the Boardroom," Nat Bartholomew, CPA, and John Dripps, CPA, CAE, 3:15-4:30 p.m.


"How Will You Lead Differently?" David Nour, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

"Boards and Decision Making: No Longer an Oxymoron," Thomas C. Dolan, FACHE, CAE, and Mark Engle, CAE, 3:15-4:30 p.m.


"Board, Assess Thyself," Thomas C. Dolan, FACHE, CAE, and Vernetta Walker, 9-10:15 a.m.

"7 Measures of Success, 5 Years Later: Where Are They Now?" Don Bretthauer, CAE, and Deborah Long, 10:45 a.m.-noon.

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