Announcing New AEE Member Levels and Pricing, New Website and Member Experience

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Hello AEE Community,

Sherry, Anna, & Steve here! We’ve got some exciting news to share.

The short: AEE is updating our Membership Tiers and switching our Association Management System (AMS). This switch will make for a more user-friendly online membership experience and a more modern website design. Members - don’t worry - there is nothing you need to do at the moment!

Why we are switching AMS (and what that means): Since 2012, AEE has used a system that hosts our website, membership data, event registration forms, content, resources, financials, and everything in between. While we have made significant updates over the last two years, we have found that the system is quite difficult to work with on both the administrator and the user side. Feedback from members is that renewals are difficult, updating your profile is time consuming, and navigating is not intuitive. Therefore, we have made the decision to switch to a new system entirely. Check out the results of our Membership survey here: https://issuu.com/associationforee/docs/aee_2021_member_survey

 We are thrilled about the transition, which has already gotten underway. We are in the middle of an intensive, 90-day process in order to launch the new system in conjunction with our International Conference Registration in mid-August. You won't notice any changes until August when our typical www.aee.org site will automatically take you to the new website and Membership experience. 

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We're also updating our Membership Tiers. 

Current structure: AEE currently offers three Individual Membership tiers and three Organizational Membership tiers at various benefit levels and prices. You can view them here: https://www.aee.org/membership-levels

 What we've found over the last few months:  AEE is here to serve you, our Members, and we feel that it is important to be transparent about everything happening at AEE. While our membership numbers are increasing, our membership dues, which account for 1/3 of the overall AEE Budget, are decreasing. 

The last time we raised member pricing and switched tiers was in 2018. We reduced the lowest level to $60. Over the course of the last 3 years, we have found almost all of our new members (and many of our renewing members) have come in at the $60 tier. It is not fiscally sustainable for the organization. 

Our hope is that by restructuring the tiers, we can: 

  • Simplify the experience of becoming an AEE Member and renewing an AEE Membership

  • Increase and more intentionally define the value of Membership

  • Grow our membership while maintaining financial security

  • Be equitable and accessible to as many people as possible

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So, what’s the new Member Tier structure and pricing?

We are working to make our organization more equitable, inclusive and accessible. Therefore, all members will receive the same benefits. And we will begin providing scholarships for Membership in the organization, not just for the conference.


For Individuals [3 levels to choose from, all with the same benefits]

Individual Memberships are ideal for individuals, students, or business owners.

ALL Individual Membership Levels (Supporter, Advocate, Leader) will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Journal of Experiential Education

  • Access AEE Books and Publications

  • Get two free Job Postings on the Experiential Education Job Board *per year

  • Receive the Monthly Member Newsletter

  • Access Member Discounts and Pro Deals

  • Access the Member Directory

  • Eligibility for AEE Awards

  • Share stories, news, and events through AEE Social Media Channels and AEE Newsletters

  • Register for Conferences at a Discounted Rate

  • Post Up to 10 Upcoming Events in the AEE Event Calendar

3 Individual Member Level Tiers to Choose From:

1) Supporter $75 / year (currently $60)

The Supporter Membership offers you with the member benefits listed above and supports AEE's mission to expand and elevate the advancement of Experiential Education worldwide. $75 is the minimum Membership contribution that AEE offers to be able to sustain the Association.

2) Advocate $175 / year (currently $167)

In addition to all of the benefits above, the Advocate Membership level provides additional funds which will be used to bolster existing AEE programs such as membership support to Members who may not be able to meet our $75 Supporter tier, the funding scholarships for our conferences, and promotes our mission to offer programming and events to the greater community at little to no cost.

3) Leader $275 / year (currently $297)

In addition to all of the benefits above, the Leader Membership level allows our team to continue to diligently research and provide standards for safety, risk management, and best practices. Your support allows AEE to continue to grow our staff and volunteer presence, create new educational opportunities for the community, and propel the Association forward with new initiatives.

 

For Organizations [3 levels to choose from, all with the same benefits]

Organizational Memberships are ideal for organizations, schools, universities/colleges or businesses with multiple employees. An Organizational Membership provides you and an unlimited number of staff, faculty or students of your organization with member benefits.

ALL Organizational Membership Levels (Supporter, Advocate, Leader) will receive the following benefits:

  • Get an unlimited number of sub-memberships (add your Staff! Sub-members can access member benefits, will have an individual profile in the member directory, and will have personal login credentials) 

  • Access to the Journal of Experiential Education

  • Access AEE Books and Publications

  • Get two free Job Postings on the Experiential Education Job Board *per year

  • Receive the Monthly Member Newsletter

  • Access Member Discounts and Pro Deals

  • Access the Member Directory

  • Eligibility for AEE Awards

  • Share stories, news, and events through AEE Social Media Channels and AEE Newsletters

  • Register for Conferences at a Discounted Rate

  • Post Up to 10 Upcoming Events in the AEE Event Calendar

3 Organizational Member Level Tiers to Choose From:

1) Supporter Organization $325 / year (currently $297)

The Supporter Membership provides you and an unlimited number of your team members with the member benefits listed above and supports AEE's mission to expand and elevate the advancement of Experiential Education worldwide. $325 is the minimum organizational Membership contribution that AEE offers to be able to sustain the Association.

2) Advocate Organization $425 / year (currently $397)

In addition to all of the benefits above, the Advocate Membership level allows us to grant scholarships to Members who may not be able to meet our $325 Supporter tier, helps us to fund scholarships for our conferences, and supports us in our mission to offer programming and events to the greater community at little to no cost.

3) Leader Organization $750 / year (currently $797)

In addition to all of the benefits above, the Leader Membership level also allows our team to continue to diligently research and provide standards for safety, risk management, and best practices. Your support allows AEE to continue to grow our staff and volunteer presence, create new educational opportunities for the community, and propel the Association forward with new initiatives.

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“I’m a Member of AEE! Do I need to do anything right now?!”

There is nothing you need to do on your end! Your Membership will automatically be switched to the new member tier that most closely resembles your current tier (not sure what tier you have? Log in to view your tier!).  


Individual E = *new* Individual Supporter

Individual Full = *new* Individual Advocate

Individual Full Plus = *new* Individual Leader


Organizational E = *new* Supporter Organization

Organizational Full = *new* Advocate Organization

Organizational Full Plus = *new* Leader Organization

Accredited = Accredited (no change)


If you would like to switch tiers, you will be able to do so upon renewal. Your Membership is billed on an Anniversary date, meaning that your Membership is good for one full year after initial sign-up date and then will expire on that same date the following year. You will be eligible to renew 30 days before your expiration date.Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.


Your team at AEE,

Sherry Bagley, Anna Miano, & Steve Pace