Board of Directors Meeting: August 22 & 25, 2001

Approved minutes

Present: Norine G. Johnson, PhD; Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, JD; Ronald F. Levant, EdD; Gerald P. Koocher, PhD; Raymond D. Fowler, PhD; Laura H. Barbanel, EdD; Charles L. Brewer, PhD; ; Katherine C. Nordal, PhD; J. Bruce Overmier, PhD; Ruth Ullmann Paige, PhD; and Nathan W. Perry, PhD, Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD; incoming Board member Carol D. Goodheart, EdD

Absent: None.

I. Minutes of meeting

A.(1)  The Board voted to approve the minutes of the June 8-10, 2001, meeting of the Board of Directors. 
 
II. Elections, awards, membership and human resources

B.(2)  The Board voted to recommend that Council approve amending Association Rule 110-7 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

Guidelines for the conduct of President-elect nominations and elections

2. Eligibility and appropriateness of standing for the APA Presidency while standing for another APA office.  An individual who APA has identified as a finalist to be on the ballot as President-elect shall be prohibited from concurrently being a candidate for election to any other APA office, including divisional offices.  [Individuals serving in the APA Presidency cycle shall not hold offices within the Association other than the ex officio positions that accompany that office.]  A person elected to the APA Presidency shall, during the term of President-elect, President, and Past President, be restricted from holding any other APA office, including divisional offices, that is not an ex officio extension of the Presidential office.

C.(3)  The Board approved the following motion regarding the order of appearance of presidential candidates:

In order to remove alphabetical bias in the election process for the APA President, the Board of Directors proposes a new system that is designed to be fair to all candidates by:

1.  Listing candidates in the Monitor alphabetically in their first candidate statement/response appearance;

2.  In subsequent issues, rotating candidate responses so that each of the five candidates are in an issue first (far left) in the order of responses.

3.  On the candidate ballot, names would be determined by a random selection by the APA Election Committee

Subsequent to the meeting, staff recognized that only four issues of the APA Monitor on Psychology provide coverage of presidential candidates. Therefore, only four of the five candidates would be listed first in the APA Monitor on Psychology. Understanding it was the intention of the Board to be fair to all presidential candidates, the Board will be asked to reconsider this motion at its December 2001 meeting.

D.(4)  The Board voted to recommend that Council reject the following main motion of new business item #58A: 

APA Books is instructed immediately to begin production of a paper-bound less expensive directory and make it available for purchase as soon as possible.

E.(5)  The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following amendments to Association Rules 10-11, 100-6, and 210-9  (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

10-11 - Life membership status (dues exemption)

10-11.1 Any member who has reached the age of 65 and has belonged to the APA for a total of 25 years, may choose to [become a life-member] begin the dues-reduction process, culminating in dues exemption by so advising Central Office of his or her eligibility. Any member who, regardless of age or length of membership, has been adjudged totally and permanently disabled, may choose to become exempt from dues by so advising Central Office of his or her eligibility.  Ordinarily, the transfer in status will become effective as of the January 1 immediately following the member's request, but in appropriate circumstances the change in status may be made effective as of the previous January 1.

[Life] These members will be exempt from further payment of APA dues, as well as division dues, division assessments, or other assessments established by the Council.  However, [life] these members will have the option of paying a subscription price/service fee if they choose to receive the American Psychologist and the APA Monitor on Psychology. The subscription price/service fee will be determined by Council to allow for dues distribution to those APA divisions to which the dues-exempt [life] member belongs and to help defray the costs of the American Psychologist, the APA Monitor on Psychology, and for administering services.

Dues-exempt [Life] members shall pay the same price for journals as dues-paying members.  However, subscriptions to the American Psychologist and the APA Monitor on Psychology are included in the subscription price/servicing fee set by Council to cover such subscriptions and to help defray the cost of administering services to dues-exempt [life] members.  (see also Association Rule 100-6 Life membership status (dues exemption). The journal credit applies only to dues-paying members.

100-6 LIife membership status (dues exemption).

100-6.1 [APA Life members] Any APA member who is exempt from paying dues shall also be exempt from further payment of division dues and assessments.  However, divisions may, at their discretion, assess and collect from [life] these members a mandatory subscription price/service fee to cover the costs of providing such division publications as may be requested by [the life] these members. (see also Association Rule 10-11 - Life membership status (dues exemption)

 210-9 – Reduced dues status

210-9.1 Any Fellow, Member or Associate member may request reduced dues status by so indicating on the annual dues statement and submitting a written request to the Central Office.

There shall be an annual APA membership maintenance fee for reduced dues status, set by the Membership Committee.  This fee applies to APA dues and assessments.  The fee will ordinarily be lower than full dues, with the amount to be determined by the Membership Committee. Reduced dues status is limited to a total of five years and must be renewed annually, on the member dues statement. [Members who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of total and permanent disability may be granted reduced dues on a permanent basis.]  Those members requesting reduced dues status may continue to subscribe to APA journals, purchase APA books, and register for the annual convention at the member prices or rates.

F.(6) The Board voted to recommend that Council receive the Report of the Task Force on Membership Retention and Recruitment.

G.(7) The board approved, in principle, the following motion:

That the Council of Representatives approves the inclusion of $100,000 in the 2002 Final Budget to fund increased membership retention and recruitment activities.  In addition, Council approves continued funding for this effort and the addition of $100,000 per year to the 2003-2005 budgets.

The board recommended that council postpone the item to its February 2002 meeting to give both the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors an opportunity to review a more detailed proposal at their December 2001 meetings.

H.(8) The board voted to recommend that council approve the following motion:

That council approve extending the Membership Committee's meeting by one day in the fall and inviting the co-chairs (or their designees) of the Task Force on Membership Recruitment and Retention to attend the meeting in order to further the work of the Task Force on Membership Recruitment and Retention.

I. In executive session, the Board voted to recommend that Council elect 137 Members to initial Fellow status on the nomination of the indicated divisions and on the recommendation of the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors.

J. In executive session, the Board voted to appoint Jocelyn S. Davis (term 1/1/02-12/31/02) and John McCormack (term 1/1/02-12/31/03) as non-voting investment advisors to the Finance Committee.

III. Ethics

A.(16)  The Board received an update on work done by the Ethics Code Task Force on the ongoing revision of the Ethics Code.

B.(17)  The Board was informed that the Ethics Committee voted to endorse and initiate efforts toward implementation of an ethics prize for award to a graduate student in 2002.

C.  In executive session, the Board voted to approve revisions to the Ethics Committee’s Rules and Procedures.

IV. Board of Directors

A.(9) The board discussed the item “American Psychological Association Graduate Student (APAGS) Member of the Board of Directors.”

B.(10) The board approved changing the name of the Ad Hoc Committee on New Professionals to the Ad Hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists.

C.(11) The Board considered the recommendations for implementation of the Report of the Task Force on Envisioning, Identifying and Accessing New Professional Roles as provided by staff at the request
of Council at its February 2000 meeting.  

The board voted to approve the restoration of one position to the Congressional Fellows Program as soon as funds are available, but no later than 2003. 

The board requested that further study be done by staff regarding the following motion:

That Council approve the addition of $187,000 to the 2003 Preliminary Budget to enhance central office research capabilities and provide electronic access to APA journals and research tools for select state and federal legislators

The Board requested that an item be brought back to the Board for consideration at its December 2001
meeting.


D.  In executive session, the Board took action on the following Psychology Defense Fund Cases (PDF):

#2001-4:  The Board voted to grant $17,500 to the Nebraska “Psychologists for Responsible Hospital Practice” to help defray legal expenses arising from a lawsuit that they have filed in federal district court in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The Board requested that it be updated on the status of this lawsuit.

#2001-5:  On recommendation of the Executive Management Group, the Board voted to grant $10,000 to Rebecca Busby, PhD, to help defray expenses for pursuing a legal action against the Battle Creek Veterans Hospital.

V. Divisions and state and provencial associations

A.(12)  The Board discussed thi Interdivisional Grants Project and requested that Drs. Charles Brewer and Ruth Paige look into reasons for the low number of grant proposals received in certain years and steps for increasing the number of grant proposals and report back to the Board in February 2002.

VI. Organization of the APA

No items.

VII. Publications and communications

No items.

VIII. Convention affairs

No items.

IX. Educational affairs

No items.

X. Professional affairs

A.(13) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the Criteria for Practice Guideline Development and Evaluation.

B.(14) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve the following amendments to APA’s policy on challenges to the doctoral standard for psychology licensure (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

  1. Encouragement and assistance to State Psychological Associations (SPPAs) and state licensing boards to move to single level doctoral licensure.

  2. Active consulting to SPPAs in states that have dual level licensure.

  3. Encourage the recognition of individuals holding terminal masters degrees in psychology under existing or new state statutes, provided that such statutes do not recognize, regulate or govern the title or practice of psychology[.] ,and do not use the term “psychological” in defining the title or scope of practice for such persons.

  4. Convening exploratory meetings focusing on issues involving education, training and credentialling, at the Consolidated meetings with the Board of Directors, Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, Board of Professional Affairs, Board of Educational Affairs, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and other relevant groups.

C.(18) The Board received information regarding plans for the Institute on Psychology and America’s Changing Demographics.

D.(19) The Board received as information an update on recent developments related to two aspects of professional mobility for psychologists: communication from and with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the adoption of a Mutual Recognition Agreement governing mobility in Canada.

XI. Scientific affairs

No items.

XII. Public interest

A.(15)  The Board voted to recommend that Council reject the following main motion of new business item #58F:

WHEREAS Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers the American Psychological Association;

WHEREAS the principle of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, is nondiscrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age;

WHEREAS EEOC defines EEO groups as Black males, Black females, Hispanic males, Hispanic females, Asian American/Pacific Islander males, Asian American/Pacific Islander females, American Indian/Alaskan Native males, American Indian/Alaskan Native females, White males and White females (29 CFR, 1607.4);

WHEREAS EEOC Form 100 (Employer Information Report EEO 1) for reporting EEO progress includes Black males, Black females, Hispanic males, Hispanic females, Asian American/Pacific Islander males, Asian American/Pacific Islander females, American Indian/Alaskan Native males, American Indian/Alaskan Native females, White males and White females;

WHEREAS racial discrimination is present when people are treated differently than others who are similarly situated because they are of Hispanic ethnicity or members of a specific race or sex;

WHEREAS the courts have been careful to state that Hispanics, all racial groups and both sexes are protected by civil rights law;

WHEREAS every U.S. citizen is a member of some protected class and is entitled to the benefits of EEO law;

WHEREAS EEOC stipulates that employers compare the EEO make up of their workforce to the relevant labor force from which employees are recruited;

WHEREAS the percents of minorities and women by job groups reported in past APA EEO/Affirmative Action reports do not indicate the extent to which racial groups, Hispanics, women and men are under represented or over represented;

WHEREAS comparing the percent of each racial group, Hispanics, women and men in each APA job group to an appropriate (i.e., relevant) labor pool from which employees are recruited provides a common metric (a representation index) to assess the relative utilization of each target group;

WHEREAS APA has been a leader in EEO/Affirmative Action efforts (HR Magazine);

WHEREAS racial and gender bias continue to exist in U.S. society;

Be it resolved that:

1. APA reaffirms the spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, that all-racial groups and Hispanics as well as members of both sexes shall not be discriminated against;

2. APA shall vigorously continue its affirmative action programs;

3. All APA reports on the race and gender characteristics of its staff, members, governance bodies, psychology students, etc. shall present in equal fashion information of the status separately of all racial groups and Hispanics as well as both sexes;

4. APA EEO/Affirmative Action reports shall present a representation index for each racial group, Hispanics, women and men with an accompanying description of the relevant labor pool used to calculate the representation indices;

5. These reports will be publicly available to APA Council, APA members and staff;

6. APA endorses full utilization/representation of all racial groups, Hispanics and both sexes.

B.(20)  The Board received information regarding the APA Task Force on Workplace Violence.

C.(21)  The Board received information on the following child, youth and family activities: APA Working Group on Children’s Mental Health; Emergency Medical Services for Children; Resolution on Rural Children’s Mental Health Services; and UN Convention on Rights of the Child and the Convention’s Optional Protocols.

D.  In executive session, the Board considered a request to recommend that Council change the status of the Ad Hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) from an ad hoc committee reporting directly to the Board of Directors to a continuing committee reporting to the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI).  The Board did not approve changing the status of COPA from an ad hoc to a continuing committee but did approve changing its reporting to BAPPI instead of directly to the Board of Directors.

XIII. Ethnic minority affairs

No items.

XIV. International affairs

No items.

XV. Central Office

No items.

XVI. Financial affairs

A.(15A)   The Board voted to approve the following resolution on APA’s 401(k) Plan:

WHEREAS the American Psychological Association desires to provide its employees a qualified retirement plan, including the opportunity for participants to make salary reduction contributions under Section 401(k) of the Code; and

WHEREAS the Board has previously approved the adoption of such a retirement plan for its employees;

Therfore be it resolved

1. That the American Psychological Association 401(k) Plan (the “Plan”) is hereby adopted, effective January 1, 2001, and Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, L. Michael Honaker, PhD, or their designee is hereby authorized to execute the Plan, and

2. That Raymond D. Fowler, PhD, L. Michael Honaker, PhD, or their designee is authorized to take all actions necessary or appropriate to implement the Plan, including submitting the Plan for a determination of the Plan’s qualified status by the Internal Revenue Service, and all actions previously taken to implement the plan are hereby ratified and confirmed. 

B. In executive session, the Board received information on APA’s net worth and “theoretical” building equity.