Phase 2 of the name change process has been completed!
Read about the potential new name below,
and watch your mail for the Phase 3 vote.
Insure your input! Don't be left out!
Be sure your membership is paid up for 2013.
Process and timeline for the name change process.
The Name Change Committee is conducting the following four phase process:
Phase 1: Determine whether exploring a name change has the backing of the membership.
This phase was completed at the Annual Conference at Clemson in July, 2012.
Phase 2: Choose a new name democratically.
This phase will be carried out in Rounds during February and March of 2013.
Round 1 - Completed February 4–14, 2013. We solicited name ideas with rationales.
Round 2 - Completed February 18–March 1, 2013. Members received an e-mail with a link where they rated a compiled list of names from Round 1 with the accompanying rationales, and added comments if they wished. This resulted in a list of the 10 most popular suggested names.
Round 3 - Completed March 4–15, 2013. Members received an e-mail with a link where they:
1) rated the top ten names from Round 2 with their accompanying rationales; and
2) added comments, if they wished.
Round 4 - Completed March 19–29, 2013. Members received an e-mail with a link where they ranked the top three names (with their accompanying rationales) that were determined in Round 3, and they added comments if they wished. In order to assure the most favorable/least objectionable name was selected from the final three top rated names, the name change committee asked for a "ranking" rather than a "rating." Known as "Instant Runoff Voting," this ranking system assures a single name is selected that has the most support from survey participants.
This four round sequence in Phase 2 resulted in the selection of a top rated potential new name to compete with our current name. The vote will be to:
1) keep the existing International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) name
2) adopt the top rated potential new name of: Graphic Communications Education Association (GCEA)
Here are links to documents from the Name Change Task Force that were produced during Phase 2:
Ranking Tabulation from Phase 2, Round 4
Comments for adopting Graphic Communications Education Association
Comments for retaining International Graphic Arts Education Association
Comments from the "Final Comments" Section
Any member in good standing who wanted to participate in selecting a potential new name was required to have an e-mail address to receive the survey links, so they were reminded to update their IGAEA web site profile.
Phase 3: Vote on changing the organizational name to the choice detemined in Phase 2 or keeping our current name.
This voting will occur in April 2013, at the same time as the election of next year's officers.
The vote will be to:
1) keep the existing IGAEA name or
2) adopt the top rated potential new name of: Graphic Communicatuions Education Association
Paper ballots will be mailed in April, 2013, to all members in good standing, so make sure your dues and mailing information is up-to-date!
Phase 4: Implementation
If the vote to change the organizational name is successful, implementation will be carried out in 2013 through 2014.
Click the adjacent link to download a PDF of the details of the name change process.
The_IGAEA_Name_Change_Initiative.Version3a.pdf 66.01 Kb
Please view the discussion forum named "IGAEA Name Change" to be part of the discussion.
Click here to view the forum
Note: you must be logged in to participate in the forum. If you don't have an account, please email