Sure, we all know that education is expensive, but have you considered the cost of stupidity?
When money’s tight (which it always is) I sometimes question the value of paying membership fees. Is it really worth the cost of membership this year? I sometimes question the value of attending a conference put on by that group that I just paid the membership fees for.
But then something happens to make me glad I’m a member of a larger group. For example, I was recently asked by my boss if I knew what other schools do with student discipline that seems to blur the line between student life and academic life. I stalled a little and fired off the question to the WARUCC List Serve. Within a day, I had received several dozen replies including links to policies, including suggestions of wisdom, and including offers to talk on the phone. I was schooled by my colleagues, was able to give my boss a quick summary, and I looked good at the same time! This is just one of the many examples of how my connections to the larger post-secondary world have paid off.
Membership has its benefits. I’m glad I paid my dues.
How are you connected? What memberships have you overlooked? Are they expensive? What’s the alternative?