ASHA Membership Surges in 2014 Strong retention rates and steady addition of members add up to ASHA’s increased count. At a Glance
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ASHA Membership Surges in 2014
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ASHA Membership Surges in 2014
The ASHA Leader, May 2015, Vol. 20, 26. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20052015.26
The ASHA Leader, May 2015, Vol. 20, 26. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20052015.26
ASHA’s membership and affiliation grew by 8,823 people in 2014—a 5.1 percent increase from the previous year. ASHA now represents 182,000 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders.
Member retention
Maintaining strong renewal rates correlates closely with membership growth. ASHA’s overall retention rate has been at 97.6 percent or more for the last 10 years (95.1 percent or more for audiologists and 97.9 percent or more for SLPs; see chart).
Figure 1.

ASHA’s retention rates by professional area, 2003–2004 to 2013–2014

ASHA’s retention rates by professional area, 2003–2004 to 2013–2014
Figure 1.

ASHA’s retention rates by professional area, 2003–2004 to 2013–2014

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New members
ASHA continues to attract new members, with an annual growth rate for audiologists, SLPs and speech and hearing scientists ranging from 2.5 percent to 6.3 percent in the past 10 years. With a base of more than 118,000 members in 2004, that growth represents 3,200 to more than 10,000 new audiologists, SLPs and scientists each year (see chart). Additionally, CSD support personnel began affiliating with ASHA in 2011, and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association members became student members of ASHA in 2012.
Figure 2.

Number of ASHA members and affiliates, 2004–2014

Number of ASHA members and affiliates, 2004–2014
Figure 2.

Number of ASHA members and affiliates, 2004–2014

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Additional membership data are available at on.asha.org/member-data.
Figure 1.

ASHA’s retention rates by professional area, 2003–2004 to 2013–2014

ASHA’s retention rates by professional area, 2003–2004 to 2013–2014
Figure 1.

ASHA’s retention rates by professional area, 2003–2004 to 2013–2014

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Figure 2.

Number of ASHA members and affiliates, 2004–2014

Number of ASHA members and affiliates, 2004–2014
Figure 2.

Number of ASHA members and affiliates, 2004–2014

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