The option to have an institutional membership is not new at ICA, however we're pleased to share a few enhancements to the membership type approved by the Board of Directors in Prague. Beginning with the 2018-2019 membership term, Institutional Memberships are now available to join or renew online and there is a discount associated with the number of Additional Institutional Members seats purchased.
Previously, to join or renew as an Institutional Member it required a hard copy application with tedious steps for the Point of Contact to renew annually. The online process will be a streamlined experience for existing institutional members, they will simply be able to renew online and easily update their sub-accounts. In order to make this membership type (and corresponding discounts) available online, Additional Institutional Members may now be added in groups of five, 10 or 15 (which include a 5%, 10% or 15% discount respectively).
For those who have an existing individual membership type (for example as a "Regular Member") and are choosing to add to, or replace, their individual membership with an institutional one, there's an added step of creating a new profile in our system. Some members choose to have both individual memberships and Institutional memberships, others replace one with the other depending on their individual circumstances.
Previously, it actually cost an institution more for this membership type than it would to pay for faculty individually. By transitioning the processing to our online system, we are able to offer a discount making it a more economical membership type for institutions. To learn more about Institutional Membership and pricing, click here.
Institutional Membership with ICA
A university department can join ICA as an Institutional Member (please note that libraries are ineligible for membership). The membership consists of one primary "Point of Contact" (typically the department chair) and additional institutional members in groups of five, ten or fifteen Additional Institutional Members. Universities that do not pay or reimburse for individual faculty association memberships may take advantage of the Institutional Membership as a group membership. The Point of Contact is responsible for maintaining additional faculty to be associated with the membership through the online system. The department is billed for all members on one combined invoice. Each Additional Institutional Member is treated as a full member of ICA with individual privileges and their own unique member ID# and password. All receive their own online journal access including past issues, gain access to the members-only section of the website and enjoy a reduced rate for our annual conference. We highly recommend Additional Institutional Members be limited to department faculty and should not include any students. Any student listed on an institutional membership will be subject to the institutional member rates for membership dues and conference registration (which are substantially higher than the individual student membership type rates).
Questions? As always, your ICA membership team are happy to help! Please contact us at email@example.com for assistance.