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The new structure has two parts: a base rate and additional items.

The base rate for each member category includes membership and exactly one journal — one rate for just the* American Mathematical Monthly*, and another for either just the *College Mathematics Journal* or just the *Mathematics Magazine* (both of which publish half as many issues a year as the *Monthly* does). The base rate for Regular members should be approximately equal to the per-member share of the cost of MAA operations that do not produce revenue plus average cost of the journal selected. It is currently less than this, and so the rate will gradually be adjusted to that level. For 2007, the base rate for Regular members will be $178 for those choosing the *Monthly* and $158 for those choosing the *Magazine* or the *CMJ*.

Members will be able to select additional items for their total membership package. These can include membership in SIGMAAs, subscriptions to journals not included under the base rate, subscriptions to *Math Horizons*, and JSTOR access. The prices of these options will be the same in every member category, discounted or not. In 2007 the prices of additional journal subscriptions will be $56 for the *Monthly* and $36 each for the *CMJ* and the *Magazine*.

As happens now, the base rates for members in discounted categories will be certain percentages of the Regular base rate. The base rate for “Regular Discounted” members will be $142 for the *Monthly* and $126 for either the *Magazine* or the *CMJ*. For Retired members, the base rates will be $89 and $79, respectively; for Graduate Student members, $59 and $52, respectively.

The practical effects for 2007 will be a much simpler dues form and a modest increase in dues that better reflects the fiscal realities of the Association. Here are two examples.

1) A Regular member taking the *Monthly* and the *CMJ* will have dues of $214 ($178 Regular base with the *Monthly* + $36 *CMJ* subscription, or $158 Regular base with the *CMJ* + $56 *Monthly* subscription).

2) A Discounted Regular member taking those same journals will have dues of $178 ($142 Discounted Regular base with the *Monthly* + $36 *CMJ* subscription) or, if preferred, of $182 ($126 Discounted Regular base with the *CMJ* + $56 *Monthly* subscription). Thus, discounted members taking the *Monthly* will save (a little) money by choosing the *Monthly* as their base journal.

The Board of Governors hopes that members find the new dues structure both simpler and more logical and the dues notices simpler and shorter. Questions can be addressed to MAA Director of Membership Jim Gandorf (jgandorf@maa.org) or to MAA Budget Committee Chair Jim Daniel (daniel@math.utexas.edu).

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News Date:

Wednesday, May 17, 2006