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Report from APA Council Meeting
August 2001 

Neal Schmitt
Representative to APA Council

The Council discussed a preliminary budget of $91,300,000 with a $500,000 deficit. This budget goes with a $7 raise in dues. The dues increase reflects inflation and represents a new policy of raising dues each year at roughly the rate of inflation. Previously, we often went several years without a dues increase and then experienced a single rather large increase. APA finances, in general, appear well managed. There is concern about a decline in full membership with a larger number of retired members who often pay reduced dues. The APA auditor has recommended greater oversight and review of divisional expenses and funds including a common reporting format. APA has resisted this move, but some change is likely. Given our usual excellent accounting of our funds, this is unlikely to be any problem for us.

An alternative method of apportioning seats to Council was approved. The original motion to seat at least one person from each division and state was modified slightly, but the end result will be the same. There will be greater representation on Council of individuals who are likely to be health care providers and a smaller proportion of the basic science or science-practitioner groups. The number of seats allocated to SIOP Division 14 is not likely to change.

Council also passed a motion to reimburse divisions for travel expenses of any minority representatives to Council for the years 20022004. This represents an effort on the part of APA to increase minority representation in its governing bodies as Council is widely viewed as the entry point to a wide variety of APA committees and boards.

As some of you may already know, the Chicago convention in 2002 will be only 4 days long, and the program will be organized as a cluster program. That is, divisions that are perceived to have related interests will be asked to share program hours. This is an experiment forced on APA by the unavailability of space in Chicago for the usual 5-day program. However, the Board of Convention Affairs headed by Bill Howell has taken this problem as a stimulus to reorganize the program quite substantially. The 4-day cluster program will result in a reduction of 10% in divisions substantive program and 20% in their business program. You will undoubtedly hear more about these changes from the SIOP program committee members handling the APA program. The 4-day schedule will continue for the next few years. Each division will be asked for an evaluation of this schedule.

Philip Zimbardo is heading a committee to clarify the goal, mission, and function of the American Psychologist (AP). This action is in response to the objections of an author whose paper was rejected after being accepted by a guest editor. The author has subsequently been asked to publish the article in a special issue of the AP along with several other papers that address the same issue.

Several other minor actions were taken. There was a bylaw change to create a 2-year college affiliate membership status. A new committee of six members that would consider issues related to teachers of community college students was established. A motion to restore a Congressional Fellow position that had been cut from an earlier budget was passed. An agenda item which recommended that ABEPP diplomate status be required to do individual assessment was withdrawn.

No final action was taken on the Ethics Code revision, but this will happen soon. The latest revisions were responsive to a number of our concerns, thanks to Deirdre Knapp and her continuing efforts. Likewise, action on APAs move to change licensure requirements awaits comment from various interested groups. Our SIOP leadership will have provided comment on this proposal by the time this report is printed.


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