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This study evaluated the relationship between site location of and attendance at an organization's annual meeting. It assessed whether participation in the annual meeting increased or decreased in the host state; if participation increases when the meeting is in the home state, whether that participation level is maintained in the following year; whether participation is higher in states other than the host state; and whether participation is higher in larger cities. A case study approach was used with data for the Mid-South Educational Research Association, whose member states include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Computer files of the annual meetings "Proceedings" for 1984-1991 and annual meeting programs and Secretary-Treasurer records were used. Data include the actual numbers of participants, papers accepted, and registrants. The percentage of change in numbers of participants was calculated. Participation increased in states hosting the annual meeting. Participation was higher in the host state when compared with average participation from that state in the other states. While the participation level did not remain as high in subsequent years, it was higher after hosting than in years prior to hosting. While larger cities have more attractions to encourage member participation, there was no direct correspondence between host community size and participation level. Seven figures and two tables are included. (RLC)

Descriptors: College Faculty, Conferences, Educational Research, Geographic Location, Government Employees, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Meetings, Participation, Professional Associations, Researchers, School Districts, State Government, Trend Analysis

Autor: Kennedy, Robert L.; Boser, Judith A.


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