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September 5, 2017



Professional Organization Membership Dues

By Jim Lindquist

Professional development is valued by K-State Research and Extension. In addition to the need to constantly update our subject matter knowledge, we strive to improve the basic knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that contribute to excellence in Extension programs. We can do this by focusing additional effort on areas related to basic core competencies that have been identified for Extension professionals. Our Extension professional associations provide excellent opportunities to improve both our subject matter knowledge as well as developing our basic core competencies.

Effective immediately, we are implementing a policy following normal local unit and departmental approval processes, which will allow for investment in our professional development through membership in professional associations.

Local Extension Unit Agents –
Non-appropriated funds can be used to pay agent professional organization membership dues. Agents should work with their local unit boards to get approval for this expenditure as part of the normal expenditure review process.

K-State Research and Extension State and Regional Faculty –
Membership fees can be paid from Extension unit and departmental resources with approval of the department head. Memberships must be in agency name. If no agency membership is available, then all efforts should be made to get the membership name in the individual and institutional names. If this is unavailable, the flag “institutional membership not available” must be added to the payment voucher. A clear benefit to KSU must be included in the description of the payment voucher if the membership is not in KSU’s name.