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The Frequently Asked Questions below outline the reasons for and benefits of international membership in EDUCAUSE. Before reviewing these FAQs, please read about the EDUCAUSE approach to International Engagement.

Questions and Answers

1. Is EDUCAUSE an international association?

EDUCAUSE invites institutions from around the world to join our community. As technology continues to remove barriers to learning, knowledge sharing, and collaboration, international engagement is increasingly important to colleges and universities wherever they are located. International perspectives on the role of information technology (IT) in advancing higher education are thus of growing importance to EDUCAUSE and our member institutions.

Although EDUCAUSE only offers face-to-face conferences and professional development opportunities in the United States, we increasingly offer online events that are accessible globally. Our publications and content emphasize trends and issues of concern to domestic higher education audiences yet such topics often have relevance internationally. While we value international participation, EDUCAUSE remains a primarily U.S. organization. We occasionally support events hosted in other countries.

2. What does international membership in EDUCAUSE include?

International membership in EDUCAUSE is available to any non-U.S. institution of higher education. International members enjoy benefits similar to those received by U.S. members, including discounted registration for EDUCAUSE face-to-face and online events; free subscriptions to the association's flagship magazine, EDUCAUSE Review. International member representatives may also serve on advisory and program committees, work on special groups and task forces, present at the annual and regional conferences, review conference session proposals, submit articles for EDUCAUSE publications, contribute effective practices and other materials to the EDUCAUSE Resource Center, and connect with colleagues of similar interests and experience through our online Member Directory and our Constituent and Discussion Groups. More details about member benefits can be found on our Institutional Membership page.

3. Why is there a flat fee for international membership?

International members receive many of the same member benefits as U.S. institutions. However, international member representatives are often unable to take advantage of member registration rates for face-to-face events or resources that address higher education and technology policies of the United State government to the same extent as their U.S. counterparts. Therefore, international members receive a substantially reduced rate on their membership dues.

In addition, the membership rates for U.S. institutions are determined by their Carnegie classification (a system that categorizes colleges and universities by mission and complexity) and the size of their full-time enrollments. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching does not include international institutions in its classification system, making it difficult to assign international institutions to dues categories without significant analysis and effort on behalf of the international member and the association.

For these reasons, EDUCAUSE has decided that charging a single flat rate for international membership provides the best balance between the costs and benefits of international membership for both international members and the association. As an exception, Canadian institutions pay a different rate than the general international membership fee. Canada's geographic proximity makes it easier for representatives from its EDUCAUSE member institutions to attend EDUCAUSE events, but travel issues and differences in higher education and government between the United States and Canada limit their ability to utilize EDUCAUSE member benefits to the same extent as U.S.-based institutions. Therefore, membership rates for Canadian institutions are based on student enrollments using a scale that starts at a significantly lower fee level than the one applied to U.S. colleges and universities.

4. How do I find out if my organization belongs to EDUCAUSE and, if so, who our member representatives are?

Please check for your institution's name in the EDUCAUSE Member Directory. The name, title, contact information, and member status of each representative is provided. You may also want to review the list of more than 260 international institutions and organizations, representing more than 40 countries, that belong to EDUCAUSE.

5. What types of EDUCAUSE representatives do international member organizations have? What are their duties and privileges?

Each international member institution designates one primary and eight participating representatives. Primary and participating representatives receive free subscriptions to EDUCAUSE Review. In addition, the primary representative votes in the annual EDUCAUSE Board of Directors election, designates participating representatives, has an institutional voice in the annual Core Data Service and Top IT Issues surveys, and receives important communications for higher education IT leaders.

All full-time employees of a member institution are considered "member representatives" of the institution, meaning that they are eligible for the member registration rate for EDUCAUSE conferences and events as well as to stand for election to the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors if nominated. Canadian institutions have different dues from other international institutions, as explained in the response to question 3, with the number of participating representative slots each receives varying by institutional size.

6. Will EDUCAUSE help start or sponsor an association chapter or a conference in another country or allow its name to be used for such a venture?

EDUCAUSE does not sponsor international conferences or association chapters in other countries. The association may work with another organization focused on information technology in higher education, such as the College and University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) in Australia, to support it in developing programs, events, and other resources for its members. EDUCAUSE largely contributes to such efforts by consulting on possible themes and issues; identifying and recruiting experts from the EDUCAUSE member community to serve as presenters, panelists, and work group members; and facilitating knowledge sharing.

EDUCAUSE does not become financially or contractually involved in these activities, however, and the use of the EDUCAUSE name and logo in association with another organization's event, activity, resource, or the like requires prior written approval by the president of EDUCAUSE.