First, congratulations on your affiliation with ASQ. i hope you find this to be compatible with your personal and professional goals. As a reward for your loyalty and commitment to the Quality profession, ASQ extends the opportunity for advanced recognition as a Senior Member. Consider this from a cost-benefit perspective:
ASQ collects $169 for Professional, Senior, and Fellow Members. However, Senior and Fellow members get a choice of a perk which includes getting a $63 annual subscription to an ASQ journal.
I subscribe to both Software Quality Professional and Lean & Six Sigma Review; and find them to be relevant and thought-provoking.
If you are a Professional Member with 10 years of Quality experience, a renewable ASQ certification, or other professional accomplishments, you may be eligible to upgrade your membership to ASQ Senior Member and immediately yield additional benefits, which includes the selection of an ASQ journal for free. I have attached an application form and provided the link below to enable your upgrade
From a cost benefit perspective, upgrading from Professional to Senior member is a Quick Win.
Immediate Benefit: $63/169 or 37% recovery of annual dues
Additional Benefit: Better overall ASQ membership experience
Quality Managers must be well-versed and well-read, and ASQ journals support this continuous growth. Knowledge is power, and power leads to impact and influence.
In the virtual era, what would be the digital equivalent of a lapel pin?
I hope that QMD members will pursue this as part of their long-term engagement with the QMD technical community and the Society at large.
The ulterior motive is to build up a pool of candidates for Fellow membership to get those numbers back up to capacity (50/year) instead of current levels (>10/year since Transformation).
- Bureaucratic delays and long processing times,
- Variances in documentation acceptance criteria (same documentation accepted first pass being rejected on subsequent applications),
- Overly broad requirements such as, achieving requirements across six professional categories, that have few efficacy criteria,
- and politics.
I can only comment that I did not get upgraded to ASQ Fellow on my first attempt, and it was frustrating at the time, but when I did, it was very satisfying.
There are six categories with incrementally progressive "scores" for levels of achievement. I think in general, getting to the top of the respective categories is good professionally, and whether or not ASQ Fellow is rewarded, there should be inherent rewards of being an author, instructor, active professional, and a well-trained Quality practitioner.
I have actually advocated for the creation of an "Associate Fellow" recognition to capture and recognize those knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate Senior members who unfortunately did not get nominated to ASQ Fellow.
Using rounded estimates, the higher ASQ membership levels correlate positively to higher retention rates. For a variety of reasons, the retention rates increase substantially from Professional to Senior member, and again from Senior to Fellow.
Assuming hypothetical approximations, each ASQ member upgrade represents a 10-15% increase in retention rate, progressing from 55% for non-Regular, 70% for Professional, 85% for Senior, and 95% for Fellow.
If more Professional members took the free upgrade to become Senior members, that would expand their individual member value from ASQ, and support ASQ with higher retention rates as well.
|Section Monthly Growth and Retention -November 2020 End of Month|
|Member Type||Current Count||New Counts||Renew Count||12 Month Prior Count||Growth||Retention||5 Yr Value/ Member||10 Yr Value/ Member|
|PROFESSIONAL||31395||10234||18416||31221||0.6%||67.8%||$ 304.86||$ 348.54|
|SENIOR||12629||307||12359||14258||-11.4%||86.4%||$ 556.72||$ 824.76|
|FELLOW+HON||578||8||602||602||-4.0%||94.7%||$ 719.77||$ 1,267.98|
|SEN+FEL+HON||13207||315||12961||14860||-11.1%||86.8%||$ 563.74||$ 841.51|
|REGULAR||44602||10549||31377||46081||-3.2%||73.9%||$ 381.55||$ 495.30|
|STUDENT||3291||2012||765||2962||11.1%||43.2%||$ 23.22||$ 23.57|
Specifically, if QMD has a greater distribution of members at the higher retention rates, that is good for the members, the technical community, and the Society at large.
Prior to the pandemic, ASQ Fellows were recognized at an invitation-only annual Fellows luncheon. From this chart, the projected value of a Fellow member is 2.5X greater than the average Regular Member and almost 4X greater than the Professional member. I would say that is worth a luncheon.
If the Senior Member demonstrates to be 2X the value to ASQ of a Professional member, how should ASQ and QMD reciprocate that value? This used to be announced by ASQ HQ and published in Section newsletters. That might be a good catalyst to future upgrades and increased member retention.
For those who are looking to be published in ASQ Quality Progress or any of ASQ's Journals, being a Senior Member of ASQ carries some prestige and enhances the biography of the author. This helps to establish the acceptance of the material.
While it is different for different people, in my experience within ASQ, reviewers and editors were more indulgent of my submissions and contributions after I upgraded my membership to Senior and eventually Fellow.
In 2021, i will have an article in Quality Progress and my abstracts have been accepted for ASQ's Lean & Six Sigma conference and WCQI. I wish more ASQ members could become Senior and Fellow members, in order to have their voices heard and the opportunities to be published and present at conferences.
By keeping the recertification benefit, the costs to ASQ members are contained, and the comparative savings are expanded.
The incremental benefits for those ASQ members with multiple renewable certifications have expanded even more. If a high performer qualifies an attains 5 or more renewable ASQ certifications, ASQ is literally paying such members to remain with the Society by returning annual savings that exceed annual membership dues. This is one way to demonstrate that a long-term membership with the Society is a truly "rewarding" pursuit.
|Renewable Certs||Non-Member||Member||Member Savings||Member Savings per Year||Member Dues Recovery ($169)|
When this is combined with the $63 incentive received by Senior Members (recovering 37% of ASQ's annual dues for a Professional Member), then a member with 2 or more renewable ASQ certifications can recover an estimated 67% of their annual dues just by upgrading to Senior Member and applying the Synchronized Renewal benefit.
By reducing the net cost of ASQ down to $56/year ($1.08/ week), that makes an ASQ membership less expensive than a cup of coffee from a barista.
I was not aware that the membership pins were discontinued by ASQ. Is this something that Catherine Johannes can clarify? The Fellow Pins were traditionally presented to new ASQ Fellows at the luncheon scheduled prior to the Annual Business Meeting at WCQI.