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Membership Fee Changes - Beginning January 2021

Membership Fee Changes – Beginning 1 January 2021

Based on analysis done by the ad hoc ILTA Membership Committee (comprising Jayanti Banerjee, Veronica Benigno, Atta Gebril, Heike Neumann, and Xun Yan), from 1 January 2021 the ILTA EB will be making the following changes to the ILTA membership structure and fees:

  1. The addition of a membership category for individuals who research and practice in a country listed by the World Bank as having a gross national income (GNI) of ‘Upper Middle’ or below (in July 2019, this threshold was a per capita GNI ≤ USD$12,375)

  2. Revisions to the ILTA membership fees for the Institutional, Regular, and Student categories.

These changes are based on the following principles:

  1. Affordability

    • Feedback indicates that ILTA membership is unaffordable for individuals who live in countries where incomes are relatively low.

    • ILTA currently offers a 33% discount on the regular rate to members who are students or are retired

    • Comparable organisations (e.g. AAAL, TESOL International, AERA) offer 61% - 74% discounts.

  2. Equity of Access

    • Ensure that other individuals with fixed or limited incomes have access to ILTA membership.

  3. Fiscal sustainability

    • Ensure that the ILTA budget is not undermined by changes in the membership fee structure.

Changes to Membership Categories

In line with TESOL and AAAL, the ILTA EB will introduce a new membership category (Access Regular) for individuals who research and practice in a country listed by the World Bank as having a gross national income (GNI) of ‘Upper Middle’ or below. Because the list is subject to change, ILTA will review it at the start of each new Treasurer term.

This change results in ILTA having six membership categories, as follows (see Table 1):

Category

Definition

Regular

Individuals who do not fall into another of the available categories

Access Regular

Individuals who research and practice in a country listed by the World Bank as having a gross national income (GNI) of ‘Upper Middle’ or below - in July 2019, this threshold was a per capita GNI ≤ USD$12,375.

Student

Individuals who are currently registered as full-time students at a university/college of higher education.

Retired

Individuals who are retired from full-time employment

Lifetime

Individuals who have received the Distinguished Achievement Award

Institutional

Institutions that have been approved as members (i.e. have provided proof of professional language testing activity)

Table 1: Proposed ILTA membership categories

Changes to Membership Fee Structure

To improve membership affordability for less well-compensated members and achieve equity with similar organizations, ILTA will apply the following fee structure (see Table 2):

Category

Current Annual Fee (USD)

New Annual Fee (USD)

Regular

$60.00

$75.00

Access Regular

-

$25.00

Student

$40.00

$25.00

Retired

$40.00

$40.00

Lifetime

-

-

Institutional

$300.00

$350.00

Table 2: Current and New Membership Fee Structure

Note that there will be increases in the Regular Member and Institutional Member rates of 25% and 17% respectively. A deep discount (63%) has been applied to the Student Member and Access Regular Member rates.

Ensuring Fiscal Sustainability for ILTA

Using the membership figures from February 2020 (for which we have a breakdown by country and membership type), Table 3 models the possible impact of these changes on earnings from membership dues:


Feb Membership #s

Earnings under

Current Fee Structure

Earnings under

Proposed Fee Structure

Regular

185

$11,100.00

$13,875.00

Access Regular

25

$1,500.00

$625.00

Student

66

$2,640.00

$1,650.00

Retired

11

$440.00

$440.00

Life

11

$0.00

$0.00

Institutional

13

$3,900.00

$4,550.00

Total

311

$19,580.00

$21,140.00

Table 3: Modelling the impact of the new fee structure on earnings from Membership Dues

As can be seen, the changes should not result in a loss of dues income. There might be an overall modest increase in earnings from membership dues, but this is dependent on the number of members in each of the membership categories.

Please note that the rates charged for two- and three-year memberships have not yet been calculated but a similar approach to discounting as is currently in place can be expected.

If you would like to provide feedback on the changes to the membership fees, please submit comments below.

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