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Results of the NEA membership survey

2015-08-26 10:16 AM | Michelle Romero

Dear members of NEA:

Thank you for responding to the recent membership survey. We received 176 submissions with thoughtful comments and suggestions.  Our survey incentive, a free year of NEA membership, was awarded to Annalisa Moretti. My congratulations to Annalisa!

I wanted to update you on a few details around the survey results.  

The data from the 2015 was collated and presented to the NEA Executive Board by the Membership Committee on at the quarterly Board meeting held on June 26, 2015. All survey data was discussed and will help shape priorities and strategic goals for NEA.

Data collected from questions regarding the Roundtables has been passed to the Chairs of the respective Roundtables. Data around workshop and education opportunities has been digested by the Education Coordinator and the Education Committee.

Your comments on strategic priorities will be reflected in the forthcoming NEA strategic plan. The strategic plan will begin this year and run until 2020. More details on this plan will be available this winter.

Your welcome feedback on our recent trial with a new meeting structure was also helpful. There was overwhelming support for the longer spring meeting and the Board voted in June to keep this format. Since responses to the fall meeting were mixed, the Board has decided to take more time to realize the full potential of a fall event. NEA will need your help in shaping the fall meeting. If you have questions or comments about the meeting structure, let me or any Board member know.

Other interesting results from the annual membership survey:

  •  40% of responders have been members for 1-5 years. 16% have been members for 15 years or more.
  • 70% of respondents work in MA, 15% in CT, 4% in RI, 3% in NH, 3% in ME, and 2% in VT (97% of respondents reported location in survey)
  • 80% of respondents are employed full-time; 20% said they were looking for a job.
  • 52% of respondents work in an academic setting, followed by 15% for non-profit, and 15% for government.
  • Most respondents (86%) are satisfied with how NEA communicates with membership; most respondents prefer the listserv and newsletter as means of communication.  

A summary of the survey may be found on the NEA website here. We hope you will take the time to voice your ideas and concerns next year in the 2016 Annual Membership Survey.

Colin B. Lukens

NEA President

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