OVERVIEW
INTRODUCTION TO THE MANUAL

The Operations Manual is designed to assist Board of Directors Members and elected Officers to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of their respective offices. The Manual or sections of the Manual also provide guidance to committee chairs and other specially appointed members to assist them in successfully completing their assigned tasks.

The Manual is organised to address major operational components of the Association. The introduction provides a brief history and describes the purpose of the organisation.

Section 1 provides an overview of Board of Directors of the organisation. This section also addresses procedures for updating the Operations Manual.

A current copy of the Constitution and Bylaws is included in Section 2 of the Operations Manual. The Constitution and Bylaws are posted on the website.

Section 3 describes the selection procedure, terms of office, responsibilities, and of the elected and appointed Officers and Directors.

Section 4 contains the duties and responsibilities of the standing committees.

Section 5 describes the Association’s publications and responsibilities editors/webmaster IARSA World Wide Web site

Section 6 describes the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA).

This manual serves as a policy and procedures document for our association. It describes proper procedures for everything we do.

We’ve worked to regularize our policies and procedures so that we can move from focusing on the internal workings of our association to making IARSA useful and effective for our members

These policies and procedures have been vetted by various task forces, committees, the Board of Directors, focus group representatives, and conference planners. This manual represents years of thoughtful work, and remains a living document that will be revised as necessary. For now, we hope it will clarify all of your interactions with IARSA.

If, after reading this manual, you still have questions, please address them to the Executive Director or the President

Professor Ogunsakin,Akin B., PhD, D.Sc, FCRSA, FIARSAC
Executive Director

SECTION 1:
OVERVIEW

The Board of Directorsof IARSA includes the elected officers and Directors of the organisation: President, President-Elect, Deputy President, Vice President, Executive Director, Secretary General, Treasurer and other six (6) Directors. The President, Deputy President, Vice President, Director General, Secretary and Treasurer and Immediate Past Presidents, Chairmen of College of Fellows (COFs), IARSA Researchers’ Worldwide Networks (IRWNs),Fellowship Committee (FelCom), Editor-in-Chief of IARSA Journal (International Journal of Research Scholars and Administrators-IJRSA) and 4 other nominees from the College of Fellows shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Council. The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the President of the Association. This committee shall has general supervisory responsibility for the affairs of IARSA between meetings of the Board. They also make recommendations to the Board on matters that affect the Association.

The Deputy/Vice President/President-Elect are elected at the Annual Meeting ofthe Association to terms of two years for the Deputy/Vice President/President-Elect. The Deputy President/President-Elect shall succeed automatically to the office of President for a term of two year upon completion of a term as Deputy Presidents/President-Elect or upon the occurrence of a vacancy in the office of President. Each officer shall serve until a successor assumes office except for the Deputy/Vice Presidents/President-Elect who would succeed to the office of President due to a vacancy in the office.

Elected Officers and Directors are eligible for reelection to the offices they hold for one additional term.

The elective Officers and Directors of the Association are elected by secret ballot of the members attending and voting at the business session of the Annual Meeting of the Association with the exception of the Country and State Directors. Country and State Directors are elected by a vote of the members of the Association who are from the country and the state to be represented by the Director. A majority (50% plus one) of the votes cast shall be required to elect Officers and Directors, except for the At-large Directors. A plurality (most votes received of all votes cast for the office) of the votes cast on ballots for Directors At-large shall be required for election.

Once the officers are elected and announced to the membership, they must be installed.

In a case of a vacancy the Board of Directors, the successor will be named by a majority vote of the Board of the Association. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Deputy/Vice President/President-Elect, the office will be filled by election at the next Annual Meeting of the Association. Any person who is named to fill an unexpired term shall be eligible for election to the office to which the appointment is made.

Absence by a Board Member from two meetings during a term of office shall constitute grounds for declaring the office vacant. If the Board deems that the absences are without merit, the office will be declared vacant. In the case of an elective office, except for the office of Deputy/Vice Presidents/President-Elect, the successor is named by a majority vote of the Board of the Association.

The Board of IARSA may remove a member of the Board, for good cause, by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board members present and voting at a regular or special meeting of the Board. One, but not the only, good cause is the failure to perform the duties of the office held by the member of the Board.

SECTION 2:
BYLAW AND CONSTITUTION

BY-LAW AND CONSTITUTION

BYLAW AND CONSTITUTION INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH SCHOLARS & ADMINISTRATOR (IARSA)

(As Amended March 2022)

ARTICLE I
NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1. Name:
The name of the Association shall be the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (hereinafter referred to as the “Association”), A Not –For-Profit Association in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Section 2. Purpose: 
The purpose of the Association is to advance Research in Diversified Areas of Study.

ARTICLE 2
OFFICES

The International Mailing Address of the Association shall be No. 3, Oduyemi Street, Opposite Ikeja Local Government Council, Anifowoshe, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa) and offices throughout the World

ARTICLE 3
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the association are:-
⦁ To play influential role in global promotion of research activities in diversified areas of studies
⦁ To encourage, organize, and promote international research activities
⦁ To tender open forums and communities for exchange of information about research thoughts, plans, resources, projects, results, and studies
⦁ To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among the researchers, scientists and learned society in open forums
⦁ To promoting research activities in wide areas of studies
⦁ To encourage research thoughts and supporting research projects
⦁ To encourage collaborative research efforts by facilitating open communication between researchers
⦁ To spread awareness about latest research outcomes from different corners of the world
⦁ To offer links to higher education and research opportunities
⦁ To recognize the research achievers with apposite honorarium
⦁ To promote research in determining the impact of global inflation on annual budget policy
⦁ To promote research in determining the lifestyle patterns of the learned society
⦁ To promote research in determining the relationship between education and crime rate in a society
⦁ Encourage research thoughts in determining the relationship between child labour and lack of formal education globally.
⦁ Encourage research for effective teaching methods to enhance global literacy rate
⦁ Formation of large scale research communities conquering continental boundaries

ARTICLE 4
TRUSTEES

⦁ The Trustees of International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA) for the purpose of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No 1 of 1990, shall be elected at a General Meeting charged with responsibility of selecting the Trustees with 2/3 majority votes of members present.

⦁ Such Trustees (hereinafter referred to as “The Trustee”) shall be FOUR (4) or more in the subsequent year in number and shall be known as the “Registered Trustees” of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA)

⦁ A Trustee may hold office for life but a trustee shall cease to hold office if he/she
⦁ Resigns his/her appointment
⦁ Ceases to be a member of the registered trustees of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators
⦁ Becomes insane
⦁ Is officially declared bankrupt
⦁ Convicted of criminal offence involving dishonesty by a count or tribunal of competent jurisdiction.
⦁ Is recommended for removal from office by Board of Governors and Trustees, by majority votes of members present at any General Meeting of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA)
⦁ Ceases to reside in Nigeria.

⦁ Upon a vacancies occurring in the number of Trustees, a general meeting will be held to appoint another eligible member of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators. By a resolution passed by 2/3 majority of members present at the meeting.

ARTICLE 5
COMMON SEAL

⦁ The TRUSTEES shall have a common seal
⦁ Such common seal shall be kept in the custody of the Secretary who shall produce it when required for use by the TRUSTEES.
⦁ All documents to be executed by the Trustees shall be signed by such number of them and sealed with the common seal.

ARTICLE 6
MEETINGS

6.1. Meetings

The Board of Directors of the Association shall hold at least two meetings per year at sites designated by the President. One meeting shall be held for the purpose of outlining and planning activities for the Association’s Annual Meeting including the programme for the Association, approving the annual budget, approving changes in the constitution and bylaws, and discussing such other matters of business that need to be addressed at that time. The second meeting shall be held prior to the Annual Meeting of the Association for the purpose of finalizing programme plans, acting upon proposed changes in the constitution and bylaws, and conducting such other business as the President or other members of the Board may deem necessary.

For effective administration of the Association, there shall also be the following meetings:
⦁ Annual General Meetings
⦁ Extra-Quality General Meetings
⦁ Special Meetings
⦁ Board of Trustees Meetings
⦁ Executive Committee Meetings

6.2 Quorum

The quorum for the meetings shall respectively be:
⦁ Annual General Meeting:- One third (2/3) of all members of the Association
⦁ Extra-Ordinary General Meetings:- One third (2/3) of members of the Association
⦁ Special meetings 50% of members of the Association
⦁ Board of Trustee Meeting:- Two members
⦁ Executive Meetings:- 60% of Executive Committee Members

ARTICLE 7
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Section 1a: A slate of nominees for Officers and Board Members to be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Association will be named by a committee appointed by the President, chaired by the Past President who represents the constituent country in which the Past President resides, and composed of equal representation of one or more members from each of the constituent country.

Section 1b: Nominations for any position may be made to the committee by any active member of the Association, provided that the member secures (1) the written permission of the nominee and (2) the signatures of four other active members endorsing the nomination. The committee shall establish and announce a deadline for receiving nominations.

Section 2: The nominating committee shall announce the nominations for all positions, direct the preparation of ballots, and conduct the election. The President will announce the results of the election at the business session of the Annual Meeting of the Association. The Immediate Past President shall serve as chair of the nominating committee.

Section 3: The elective Officers and Directors of the Association shall be named by secret ballot of the members attending and voting at the business session of the Annual Meeting of the Association. A majority of the votes cast shall be required to elect Officers and Directors except for the Directors elected at large. A plurality of the votes cast on ballots for Directors elected at large shall be required for election.

Section 4: Each Director representing a constituent state shall be elected by the members of the Association who are from the state represented by the respective Director.

ARTICLE 8
AFFILIATIONS

A state research association whose members are desirous of promoting the purpose of this Association and sharing in its work may become affiliated with this organization as provided in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE 9
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1:Individual Membership
International Association of Research Scholars and Administrators (IARSA) shall offer individual memberships in different classes suiting to needs and levels of different researchers.

Section 1 (a):Categories of Individual Membership
Individual researchers shall apply and acquire IARSA’s memberships in any one of the following grades:

Section 1 (b): Certified Fellow (FCRSA – Fellow Certified Research Scholars & Administrators)
Certified Fellow shall be the highest award by the Association. The Certified Fellow is open only to Doctoral degree holders of regionally accredited university/institutions having academic/research/industrial experience of more than 10 years and a recognizable research history in terms of research publications, books, and others.. All accepted ‘Certified Fellows are provided with “Certificate of Fellowship” and admitted to College of Fellows (COFs) of the Association.

Section 1 (c): Certified Full Member (MCRSA – Member Certified Research Scholars & Administrators)
Certified Full Member shall be recognized as Certified Research Guide. The Certified Full Member of the Association is open only to Doctoral/Master degree holders of regionally accredited university/institutions having academic/research/industrial experience of more than 5 years or a Master degree holder with 8 years of research experience and having a recognisable research history in terms of research publications, books, and others. All accepted ‘Certified Full Members’ are provided with “Certificate of Membership” and are admitted to IARSA Researchers’ Worldwide Network

Section 1 (d): Associate Member ((ACRSA – Associate Certified Research Scholars & Administrators)
Associate Member shall be open for Master/Bachelor Degree holders and shall be recognized as Senior Research Scholar. The Associate Member of the Association is open only to masters/bachelor degree holders of regionally accredited university/institutions having academic/research/industrial experience of more than 2 years or a Bachelor degree with 5 years in research/academics/industry and having a recognizable research history in terms of research publications and memberships. All accepted ‘Associate Members’ are provided with “Certificate of Membership” and are admitted to IARSA Researchers’ Worldwide Network.

Section 1 (e): Student Member
Student Membership shall be open for Students of Graduation/Post-graduation and shall be recognized as Young Researcher. The Student Members of the Association are recognized as young researchers who are planning to build career in research and development. The membership is open to students of under graduation/post graduation programmes of regionally accredited university/institutions. All accepted ‘Student Members’ are provided with “Certificate of Membership” as “Young Researchers”

Section 1 (f): Fellow Emeritus
Fellow Emeritus sall be awarded to Retired Researchers to continue to be active in research related activities of IARSA. The designation of Fellow Emeritus of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA) marks the past accomplishments of retired researchers and to express IARSA appreciation for the willingness of those persons to continue to be active in research-related activities at IARSA.

Section 1 (g): Life Membership
Life Membership shall be awarded to persons who have been designated by the Award Committee and approved by the Board of Directors as persons worthy of Life Membership in the Association. There shall be no dues requirements and privileges accruing to this class of membership and shall not be less than privileges enjoyed by a Certified Fellows.

IARSA Life Membership shall automatically bestow upon active members who:
⦁ Have attained the age of 65 years
⦁ Have been a member of IARSA for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years

The designation of Life Member is effective on January 1 of the year immediately succeeding the year in which the requirements were met. Members who qualify will be notified by mail in the fourth quarter of the qualifying year.

Section 1 (h): Honorary Research Fellow
Honorary Research Fellowship shall be the highest recognition that IARSA can give to persons who have mades outstanding contribution to the research, library and education. It shall sometimes be awarded to members of other professions as a reflection of the respect and regard of their colleagues for a particularly important contribution over a long period of time.

The Association shall confer Honorary Research Fellow to promote collaboration with individuals, other institutions and organisations in research, scholarship, and teaching & learning and to facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge, experience, expertise and personal values which the Association espouses in its mission and goals. The award of Honorary Fellowships shall be the most prestigious awards that the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA) can bestow.

Section a:Institution or Corporate Membership
An institution or corporate body who is interested in educational research can be accepted as an institution or a corporate member of IARSA. The rates of an institution or a corporate member life membership shall be N3, 000,000 and N5, 000, 000 respectively. There shall be two categories of an institution or a corporate life membership – (a). Institution or corporate membership and (b) Patron institution or a corporate membership. The rate for an institution or a corporate life membership shall be N5, 000,000 while Life Patron institutional or a corporate membership shall be N10, 000,000.

SECTION 2: INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Institutional Membersship of International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators shall be groups and isntitutions that work in the form of larger professional teams towards the mission of the association and shall contribute actively in meeting the objectives of the association.

Section 2 (a) Categories of Institutional Membership
Section 2 (a) i: Patron Institutional Member: Patron Institutional Members shall support the mission of association by accommodating chapters/branches of association in their premises and actively conducting the operations of associations on local level.

Section 2 (a) ii: Institute Member: Institutional Members shall contribute to the mission of the association by encouraging the activities of the association in its own or associated premises. It shall encourage spreading of message and activities of the association by promoting the association through it.

SECTION 3: CORPORATE MEMBERSHIPS

The International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators shall allow companies to gain exposure to world renowned scholars in the fields of human endeavours. Professional certification and accreditation and shall have free advisory services on policy design and guidance with governments legislation, regulations and policy statements on research practices across the world

SECTION 4: CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP

The membership of IARSA shall cease in case of non-payment of membership fee and in case of resignation in writing by a member.

ARTICLE 8
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1: The Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, Deputy President, Vice President, Executive Director, Secretary General, Treasurer, 7 Directors in different disciplines. Each member of the Board of Director shall serve for two years and may be reelected to the same position in the subsequent election. The Advisory Board shall consist of seven elected members who will serve for three year. Each member of the Advisory Council may only be re-elected once to serve two consecutive terms.

Section 2: Elections for all officers will be conducted by electronic mail beginning at least one month before and closing before the biennial conference convenes. The Nominations Committee shall consist of the members of the Advisory Board, except for these running for an Officer position. The Chair of the Nominating Committee will be selected from the members of the Advisory Board by the President. The Nomination Committee shall, if it is possible to find willing candidates for positions on the Advisory Board. The Nominations Committee will seek to recognize the diversity of members of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators in respect to scholarly discipline, geographic location, gender, employment and educational status.

Section 3: The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations from the membership and confirm the willingness of these nominated to serve if elected. A short statement of the nominee’s scholarly qualifications and plans to enhance the work of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators would be accompanied the nominees’ agreement to serve if elected. These statements will be circulated with the ballots. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall oversee the counting of the ballots for positions on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board. Members of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators.

Section 4: Advisory Board shall act as monitors to verify the vote count will jointly confirm the results at the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators business meeting convened at the biennial conference. The Chair of the Nominating Committee will inform the candidates of the election results before the biennial conference and announce the results of the vote at the business meeting of the biennial conference.

Section 5: The President shall chair the meetings of the Board of Directors and oversee all activities of the organization. In consultation with the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the President shall be the spokesperson for the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators.

Section 6: The Deputy and Vice Presidents shall among other activities work closely with the President and Board of Directors in organising the biennial conference, and shall take on such other duties as requested by the President and shall explore opportunities to expand IARSA footprint in their continents, counties or regions through publicity, events, and other strategies that will build the association’s membership and reputation other administrative responsibilities of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators. This shall include working with university, college, existing local and regional research body and think tanks, and NGOs involved research and education.

Section 7: The New Media/Communications Officer shall develop and maintain website and Face book pages and work to develop the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators presence in terms of new media technologies.

Section 8: The Secretary/Treasurer shall conduct annual membership campaigns, publish a newsletter on activities and publications of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators members, inform members of proposed resolutions and amendments to the bylaws, oversee the website and listserv, maintain International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators bank accounts and financial records, make quarterly financial reports to the Executive Board and Advisory Council, and arrange for annual auditing of the books of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators by a Certified Public Accountant approved by the Board of Director. All cheques shall be co-signed by both the Secretary/Treasurer and another International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators officer appointed by the Board of Directors.

Section 9: The Board of Directors may employ an Administrative Assistant to assist it in conducting the annual membership campaign and other communications, maintenance of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators website and other duties.

The Board of Directors shall employ a book-keeper to assist the Secretary/Treasurer with professional maintenance of financial records, bank and credit card accounts, preparation of quarterly financial reports, and submission of financial records for annual audit.

Section 10: The Advisory Board shall act as the Nominating Committee, lead and serve on International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators committees appointed by the President, offer management advice to the Board of Directors, and take on other tasks requested by members of the Board of Directors. The President may appoint Special Advisors in order to assist the organization with special duties and to represent the diversity of membership in the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators such Special Advisors shall have no vote in decisions of the Advisory Board that require votes.

Section 11: In the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors shall choose a member of the Advisory Board to fill the position. Vacancies on the Advisory Board shall be filled by the Board of Directors from the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators membership.

Section 12: The International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators membership Committee shall have responsibility for membership recruitment and retention for the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators

The Membership Committee will consist of a Membership Director, Vice-President) and two other members chosen by the Board of Directors and will report to the Secretary/Treasurer. The Committee will conduct an outreach programme to recruit new members previously unaffiliated with the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators. The Membership Committee will also oversee an annual membership renewal campaign to assure continued membership by current members in the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators

ARTICLE 9
REMOVAL OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERS

Section 1. The absence of a Board Member from two meetings during a term of office shall constitute grounds for declaring the office vacant. In such case, the Board shall determine the reasonableness of the absences. If the Board deems that the absences are without merit, it shall declare the office vacant. In the case of an elective office except for the office of Vice President/President-Elect, the successor to fill the vacancy shall be named by a majority vote of the Board of the Association.

Section 2. The Board of the Association may remove a member of the Board, for good cause, by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board members present and voting at a regular or special meeting of the Board. One, but not the only, good cause is the failure to perform the duties of the office held by the member of the Board.

ARTICLE 10
COMMITTEES

Section 1 — Committee formation: The board may create committees as needed, such as Finance Committee, Publication and Research Committee, Conference Committee, Award Committee, Training and Development Committee. The board Chair appoints all committee chairs.

Section 2 — Executive Committee: The four officers serve as the members of the Executive Committee. Except for the power to amend the articles of incorporation and bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have all the powers and authority of the board of trustees in the intervals between meetings of the board of trustees, and is subject to the direction and control of the full board.

Section 3 — Finance Committee: The treasurer is the chair of the Finance Committee, which includes three other board members. The Finance Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, fundraising plan, and annual budget with staff and other board members. The board must approve the budget and all expenditures must be within budget. Any major change in the budget must be approved by the board or the Executive Committee. The fiscal year shall be the calendar year. Annual reports are required to be submitted to the board showing income, expenditures, and pending income. The financial records of the organization are public information and shall be made available to board members and the public.

Section 4 – Publications and Research Committee: The Publications and Research Committee shall be responsible for the quality of IARSA publications and research and shall provide direction to and review of the Association’s print and electronic publications, including journals, books, news, educational and all other publications. The Committee shall oversee general editorial policy, engages in strategic planning and development of the Association’s current and future publications, recommends and works with partner entities where appropriate, and initiate publication focused task forces and subcommittees as deemed necessary by the committee.

The Committee shall coordinate all publications associated with the section and to serve as an advisory unit to the Board of Directors. The Committee identifies publication needs; stimulates research, writing, and discussion by overseeing the development and production of the Article Guides, Discussion Forums, and selected projects. The committee seeks opportunities to work collaboratively within IARSA as well as related organizations providing content both virtually and at conferences.

Section 5 – Training and Development Committee: Training and Development Committee shall promote and support membership development, organizational and institutional effectiveness by providing high-quality educational training programmes and to develop trainings and developments programmes in meeting individuals, groups or departmental and institutional needs and objectives.

The Committee shall provide IARSA member institutions and companies with multiple, resource-efficient, opportunities for learning and development initiatives through a variety of delivery channels. The committee shall also available as partners and a resource to other IARSA Committees (including various technical training committees) to respond to member institutions and companies learning and development needs; to guide and sponsor professional development skill activities that improve individual, institutions and corporate performances in all sectors.

Section 6 – Conference and Events Committee: The Conference and Event Committee shall responsible for planning and executing all aspects of the Annual IARSA Conference and all other conferences and events organized by the Association.
Committee Members shall work to assist in various aspects of the conference including:
⦁ Developing and confirming the curriculum programme
⦁ Recruiting speakers and volunteers
⦁ Creating written working session titles and descriptions, if necessary
⦁ Scheduling sessions throughout the Schedule at a Glance
⦁ Participating in conference calls
⦁ Various tasks throughout the conferences

Section 7 – Membership Committee: The Membership Committee shall be responsible for supporting the mission, vision, purpose and strategic plan of IARSA. The Membership Committee shall also be responsible for collaborating with committees, sections, special interest groups, and membership, Board of Directors and staff on key strategies, challenges, and needs in order to provide insight on membership recruitment, engagement and retention. The Membership Committee may from time to time assess and recommend services, and programs that will add value to the membership.

ARTICLE 11
SOURCES OF INCOME

The Sources of income for the Association shall include:
⦁ Members Annual Subscription.
⦁ Donations
⦁ Grants
⦁ Grants from approved Foreign Agencies
⦁ Selling of Journals and other publications
⦁ Events and Conferences
⦁ Consultatncy

ARTICLE 12
DISBURSEMENT AND APPLICATION OF FUNDS

The Funds of the association shall be disbursed and applied as follows:
⦁ For execution of the aims and objectives of the association
⦁ For payment of approved expenditures.
⦁ Disbursement should be in accordance with approved budget estimates of the Association

ARTICLE 13
KEEPING OF ACCOUNT

Books of account i.e records of income and expenditure of the association should be kept on yearly basis.

Such records to be kept include:- Cashbooks, Payment Vouchers, Members contribution, ledgers, Annual financial Reports i.e. Income and Expenditure account, statement of Financial Position, Debtors and Creditors statement,

The Association shall ensure the accurate keeping of record of all income and expenditure.

ARTICLE 14
APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR(S)

⦁ Independent qualified and licensed Auditors shall be appointed by the general meeting to audit the financial records of the Association annually and submit and audited report to the Annual General Meeting of the Association.

⦁ The audited financial statements (Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Comprehensive Income) duly certified by independent auditors shall be annexed to the annual returns and file with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

ARTICLE 15
AMMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION

Section 1. This constitution may be altered, amended, or repealed and a new Constitution or portions thereof may be adopted by a vote of two-thirds of the votes cast at an Annual Meeting of the Association or by a majority of the total voting power of the Association, whichever is less, provided that notice of any proposed revision has been mailed to every member of the Association at least thirty days prior to the Annual Business Session at which the revision is to be considered.

Revisions of this Constitution as provided above shall not be considered by the membership of the Association until such proposed revisions have been submitted to, reviewed by, and approved by the Board of the Association. Upon its election, in the case of conflict of interest or other special circumstances, the Board may choose to submit a proposed revision of the Constitution to the Association members without recommendation provided that the Board communicates the basis for this election to the members along with the proposed amendment. For the purpose of the review and recommendation by the Board, proposed revisions of the Constitution shall be submitted to the Board at any regular or special meeting. After review and appropriate action thereon, the Board shall forward the proposed revisions to the membership of the Association for consideration. During its review and prior to forwarding the proposed revisions with its recommendation, the Board may make such editorial revisions as are necessary and appropriate.

Section 2. The activities of the Association shall be regulated by the Bylaws. The Bylaws of the Association may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws or portions thereof may be adopted in the same manner as prescribed for the Constitution in the above Section 1 of this Article.

ARTICLE 16
SPECIAL CLAUSE

⦁ The Income and Property of the International Association Of Research Scholars & Administrators shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objective of the body as set forth in this RULES AND REGULATION/CONSTITUTION and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the Association.

⦁ PROVIDED that nothing herein shall prevent the payment in good faith, or reasonable and proper remuneration to any officer or servant of the Association in return for any service actually rendered to the association.
⦁ With the exception of ex-offcio members of the Board of Directors, no member of the Board shall be appointed to any salaried office of the Association or any office of the Association paid by fees; and
⦁ No remuneration or other benefit in money’s worth shall be given by the body to any member of such Board except repayment of out of pocket expenses or reasonable fees for services rendered.

If in the event of a winding up or dissolution of the corporate body, if there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members, of the Association but shall be given or transferred to some other institutions, having objects similar to the object dissociation each institutions to be determined by the members of the Association at or before the title of dissolution.

If effect cannot be given to the aforesaid provisions, then the remaining property shall be transferred to some charitable object.

ARTICLE 17
CERTIFICATION

These bylaws were approved at a meeting of the board of directors by a two thirds majority vote on March 2, 2022.

SECTION 3:
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORSELECTED OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

The President must be familiar with the duties of the office and that of the Officers and Directors of the Association as written in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association. This section of the Operations Manual provides guidance in the performance of these duties and responsibilities of the office of President.

⦁ The President shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Association and all regular and special meetings of the Board during his/her term of office. If the President is unable to preside at a meeting, he/she will designate an individual to assume this responsibility. The President represents the Association at regular and special functions and speaks for the Association.

⦁ The President shall coordinate with the Executive Director to carry out the activities and functions of the Association. One of the functions that require close coordination among the President, Executive Director and Budget Advisory Committee is the preparation of the annual budget. The President has the responsibility for presenting to the Board at the Annual Meeting a balanced budget for that operational year (January – December).

⦁ The President shall appoint members to chair committees necessary to perform specific activities for the Association. The chair of each committee shall serve as a nonvoting representative to the Board and must be active members in good standing in the Association during their time of service.

⦁ The President shall recommend to the IARSA Board at the Annual Meeting the name of an independent third party to review the financial records of the organisation. The independent third party, with appropriate financial expertise, reviews the books of the Association prepared by the Executive Director. The books must be submitted by January 25, after the close of the Association business year December 31, to the independent third party. The independent third party shall submit a certified statement to the President attesting to the accuracy of the financial records. This statement is presented to the Board at the Annual Meeting.

⦁ The President shall appoint the editor(s) for the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. The editor(s) shall be a nonvoting representative to the Board and must be member(s) in good standing during the time of service.

⦁ The President must as the year of service draws to a close review this section of the Operations Manual to identify any edits, further description, or additions that will assist the incoming and future Presidents to fulfill the duties of this office. These updates are to be submitted to the Deputy President/President-Elect according to the schedule set, but in no case less than six weeks before the Annual Meeting.

⦁ To promote a sense of community by supporting open communication through whatever means available, encouraging member participation and making him/herself available to the membership.
⦁ To act as spokesperson for IARSA and handle all media contracts and press statements. However, the Association President may authorize another member of the Board or staff to handle such contacts and statements if appropriate.

⦁ To perform all other duties incident to his or her office and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation, or by these Bylaws, or which may be prescribed from time to time by the board.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

This position shall be responsible for assisting the President and overseeing other duties as assigned by the President or the Board. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The President-Elect year shall serve as an orientation for the upcoming year as President.

TERM
Serves one year as President-Elect. The President-Elect shall automatically succeeds to the presidency following the one-year term as President-Elect and subsequently Immediate Past President.

DUTIES
In addition to the responsibilities of all members of the Board, the President-Elect:
⦁ Shall assume the role and functions of the President in his/her absence
⦁ Shall preside at Board meetings in absence of the President
⦁ Shall serve as a member of the finance committee
⦁ Shall be feasible, attend annual meeting of the Association with Executive Director and President and other meetings as may be required
⦁ Shall represent association as assigned
⦁ Shall mentor current and prospective Board and committee members
⦁ Avoids conflicts of interest and promptly notifies the executive director if a potential conflict arises.

COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
⦁ Shall serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee. 
⦁ Shall serve as Chair of the Bylaws Committee.
⦁ Shall serve on the Nominating Committee.
⦁ Shall serve on Finance Committee.
⦁ Shall serve on Membership Committee.
⦁ Shall serve as a voting member of the board.

PAST PRESIDENT

The Past President provides leadership to the Board and, primarily, serves to support the President. The Past President shares information and offers guidance in decision-making to the President, ensuring that they have the necessary information and resources to perform their duties. The Past President also ensure continuity during governance transitions and organizational change, to help ensure the appropriate succession of Officers and Directors, to support the President in his/her role, and to provide continuity to the organization by providing historical context for issues.

Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the President of the Board of Directors, the Past President’s responsibilities include:
⦁ Assists the Board in transition from one business year to the next.
⦁ Provides advice and counsel to the President and Board as needed;
⦁ Assists in making sure any unfinished business from previous year is carried over and completed;
⦁ Attends Board meetings; attends the annual business meeting at conference and any other special meetings as directed by the president; participates in conference activities;
⦁ Serves as Chair of the Nominating Committees.
⦁ Along with the Director, Volunteer Engagement, assisting with an equitable nomination process, ensuring the needs of the Board are met to the best of ability and to present a slate of candidates to the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
⦁ Supporting the President in his/her position through mentoring, coaching, advising and analysis of Board development and procedures
⦁ To continue to advocate for the profession and for the association wherever and whenever possible.
⦁ Providing a historical context for decision-making and revising planning, objectives, etc.

Terms:
The Past President shall attend Board, Executive and Special meetings of IARSA for one year. In the event that the President is unable to assume the role of Past President, his/her predecessor may be asked to continue in this position.

The past President must be prepared to attend all Board meetings, trainings, conferences, retreats as well as any appropriate committee or outside meetings; may need to travel on occasion.

DEPUTY PRESIDENT

In the absence or disability of the Association President, the Deputy President shall perform all powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the President. The Association Deputy President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Association or the President.

Other Roles of the Deputy President include:
⦁ To support the president, and deputise for the president when the president is unable to attend functions as the representative of IARSA and the industry, within the territorial boundaries of the Association.

⦁ Report on their activities, and those of the committee he/she chairs, in a timely manner, to Board members after each committee meeting, and the Conference on an annual basis

⦁ Ensure members of the committee he/she chairs, and any working groups established by that committee, are kept informed of any relevant decisions made by the Board or other Committees

⦁ Work with the President, the Executive Officers and Board members in the best interests of the Association,

⦁ To support the president in the creation of an annual development plan in conjunction with the Executive Director.

⦁ To chair meetings of the council in the absence of the president and such other committee or other meetings as the president may specify.

⦁ Chair the Nomination Committee

⦁ Chair the meetings of Conference

⦁ Carry ultimate responsibility for fulfilling the duties of that committee

⦁ To encourage existing members to become involved in volunteering works of the Association.

⦁ To work with other members of the Board to gain an understanding of the constitution and of the roles performed by the various board members.

⦁ To take on such other responsibilities as the president may require and as commensurate with the arrangements agreed by the board.

⦁ Act as a budget holder for the activities of their committee, and ensure compliance with any financial procedures put in place by the Finance and Resources Committee,

⦁ Be a member of the Board,

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

The IARSA Vice President is third-in-command to the President, so he/she shall have some parallels and similar duties with the President and Deputy President. In fact, it’s crucial that Vice President familiarizes him/herself with the deputy president and president’s role and be prepared to step in. On occasion, he/she may need to act in their place when the president and deputy president is unavailable. However, IARSA VP also has responsibilities unique to the role that no other board members fulfill. 

Responsibilities

⦁ Presiding over meetings, signing contracts, and other presidential duties when the president and the deputy president are absent

⦁ Ensuring the president and deputy president’s directions are implemented and followed through

⦁ Heading committee publication and research committee and a members of the executive committee. He/she shall also liaise between the board

⦁ Communicating between the board and the Association

⦁ Speaking to research community and educational vendors on behalf of IARSA

⦁ VP shall ensure meetings organized by the Association are run smoothly and communication between attendees is productive. 

⦁ Attend all association meetings (Max. 2 meetings without apology before position on board will be forfeited)

⦁ Make sure that attendance is taken at every meeting

⦁ Assist the deputy president or the president when required, as well as all other board members

⦁ Watch over the board system and assist board members

⦁ Receive all materials and possible help from the past vice-president of your association

⦁ Conduct training of new board members in their new positions

⦁ Assist in the development of partnerships with other associations or institutes for potential sponsors and funding organisations.

⦁ Completing tasks delegated by the deputy president

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

The Second Vice President shall perform the duties of the First Vice President in his or her absence. The Second Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and First Vice President. The Second Vice President shall be Chair of the Membership Committee.

Duties & Responsibilities
⦁ Shall attend all business meetings of the Association, and all meetings of the Executive Committee, the Governing Council.

⦁ Shall perform other duties as assigned by the President.

⦁ Shall coordinate the work of the Sections.

⦁ Shall know the By-Laws and Manual of Procedures.

⦁ Shall understand the procedures of Robert’s Rules of Order.

⦁ As overseer of the Association Sections, shall assist Sections in obtaining goals, such as:
⦁ increasing membership
⦁ holding workshops and educational sessions
⦁ raising funds for Association and Region
⦁ conducting special events
⦁ holding elections as designated in By-Laws

SECRETARY GENERAL

The position of General Secretary is a key one on the Executive Committee. It requires energy and sustained commitment. It is demanding in its necessary attention to detail. It is best suited to a person who is well organized, has developed administrative skills and has appropriate, but by no means elaborate secretarial assistance. It is not suitable for a person who already has significant other demands on his or her time, or who is absent for significant periods.

The Secretary General must be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of the office as written in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association. This section of the Operations Manual provides guidance in the performance of these duties and responsibilities of the office of Secretary General.

The Secretary General’s major role in the Association is to be guardian of the process of meetings. He/she is the person who makes the arrangements for the meetings, including AGMs, and keeps formal records of the group’s process and decisions: the minutes of the meeting. This may include keeping records of correspondence.

Responsibilities
⦁ The Secretary General shall report to the Board of Directors at each of its meetings on key efforts, accomplishments and outstanding issues in the activities of the Association.

⦁ The Secretary General shall be responsible for conducting all correspondence for the Association. Correspondence shall include but is not limited to keeping minutes and records for all regular and special meetings of the Association, including meetings of the Board and the business meeting at the Annual Meeting of the membership.

⦁ Act as Secretary for and at all meetings of the Executive Committee, and all General Assemblies. He/she shall prepare and distribute the Agenda and other materials and keep the Minutes of all meetings of which he/she is Secretary.

⦁ Normally be responsible for the maintenance of communications between the Association and its members, partners and other stakeholders.

⦁ Report annually, on behalf of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, about the activities of the Association and of its Committees, Joint Committees and other bodies.

⦁ Call for nominations for vacancies on the Executive Committee, for membership of the Nominating Committee, for delegates to the General Assembly, and for the IARSA Distinguished Service Award.

⦁ Prepare and publish revised Statutes and By-Laws and appropriate material for publicity (e.g. brochure, newsletters, annual reports, articles on activities of the Union) and liaise with and supply material to the IARSA Information Technology Officer.

⦁ Keep in contact with members of the Executive Committee between meetings.

⦁ Communicate with the members and with delegates to the General Assembly on matters that relate directly to them.

⦁ Handle such matters as are entrusted to him/her by the Executive Committee or other Officers of the Association when they act on behalf of the Executive Committee.

⦁ Coordinate the work of the various Committees of IARSA.

⦁ Keep records of activities of the Executive Committee, its Committees, editorial boards and representatives; ensure that reappointments and replacements of committee members and editors occur in accordance with the appropriate statutory and bylaw requirements; and monitor the overall geographical spread of such persons and their gender so as to assure broad representation of the IARSA family.

⦁ Render advice to the Executive Committee based on the General Secretary’s vantage point as an observer of the Union, especially with respect to where remedial measures or new initiatives may seem desirable.

⦁ Maintain records and a description of the procedures in use for the benefit of his/her successor and of other interested parties.

⦁ Maintain the archival materials of the Association and the database relating to member organizations.

⦁ The Secretary-General shall in particular: provide strategic leadership for the Association

⦁ Report on the overall implementation of the Association’s activities; and represent the Association externally and develop strong relations with Member States and other constituencies.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director is the life officer of the Association. He/she shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. He/she is an ex officio member of the Board. The Executive Director must be a resident of the parent country of the Association during the term of service and must be a member in good standing with IARSA during the time that he/she serves in the position.

Responsibilities

⦁ The Executive Director is responsible for coordinating the work of the Association and serving as an advisor for activities of the Association. He/she serves as a liaison with other professional organisations and entities on behalf of IARSA. The Executive Director shall coordinate with the President to carry out the activities and functions of the Association.

The Executive Director is to maintain a current compilation of the policies and procedures approved by the Board, including but not limited to the Constitution and Bylaws and Operations Manual. The Executive Director shall coordinate this activity with the Deputy President/President-Elect, Secretary General, and Chair(s) of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. The Executive Director shall coordinate with the Deputy President/President Elect and the President in order to purchase plaques for those to receive the Association’s Service and Historical Contributions awards and the Distinguished/ Outstanding paper awards.

The Executive Director shall perform business and communications functions as directed by the Board. The functions include:
⦁ Receiving monies on behalf of the organisation through membership dues and Annual Meeting registration fees;
⦁ Depositing monies in a timely manner, generally within 15 working days, of receipt of monies;
⦁ Reporting all monies received on behalf of the organisation. A written accounting of all monies received and expended is to be routinely provided to the President at Council Meetings;
⦁ Coordinating with the President and Budget Advisory Committee to prepare the annual budget for that operational year (January – December) which allows the President to present the proposed budget to the Board at Board meeting;
⦁ Writing cheque up to N1, 000,000.00 on behalf of the Association. For amounts exceeding N1, 000,000.00, the Executive Director must seek authorization from the Board through the President. Authorization requests must include the purpose, vendor, and amount.
⦁ Coordinating the membership list with the Secretary General.
⦁ The Secretary General will forward to the Executive Director by the 15th of each month original membership form and cheques received, if applicable, for deposit or communicate that no membership forms were received.
⦁ The Executive Director will provide the Secretary General membership information received through registration at the Annual Meeting at the close of the Annual Meeting.
⦁ Corresponding or otherwise communicating with individuals or organisations on behalf of IARSA. The President is to be copied on all correspondence conducted on behalf of the organisation.

The Executive Director must annually prepare the books of the Association for an annual review by an independent third party with appropriate financial expertise. The books must be submitted by January 15, after the close of the Association business year December 31, to the independent third party appointed by the IARSA Board at the Board Meeting. The independent third party shall submit a certified statement to the President attesting to the accuracy of the financial records. This statement is presented to the Board of IARSA at the Board Meeting.

The Executive Director is evaluated annually by the Executive Committee and others as appointed by the Board. In general, the evaluation includes a notification memorandum to the Executive Committee and others appointed with a copy to the Executive Director of the annual evaluation, evaluation form to be completed by each committee member, self-review form to be completed by the Executive Director, and a Summary of the Evaluation ratings. The evaluation is to be retrospective for the prior year – January 1 to December 31. All evaluation forms are to be submitted to the President by January 30. The President shall compile the results from the committee members and completes the Summary form with the average ratings and the Executive Director’s ratings. On the first day of the Annual meeting, the Executive Committee and Executive Director review and discuss the evaluation. As a result of the annual evaluation the Executive Committee shall make recommendations to the full Board for commendations, improvements and changes in operations. These updates are to be submitted to the Deputy President/President-Elect according to the schedule set, but in no case less than six weeks before the Annual Meeting.

SECTION 4:
RESPONSIBILITIES OF APPOINTED COMMITTEES AND STANDING COMMITTEES

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall consists of the President, President-Elect, Deputy President, Vice President, Past President, Executive Director, Secretary General, Treasurer and 4 other financial members of the Association. In addition, the Executive Director shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Executive Committee. The President shall serve as the chair of the Executive Committee.

Authority 
The Executive Committee shall have the authority to perform the business and functions of the Association between meetings of the Board of Directors, except as otherwise set forth in the Bylaws, and shall report to the Board of Directors any action taken. The delegation of authority to the Executive Committee shall not operating to relieve the Board of Directors or any individual officer or member of the Board of Directors of any responsibility imposed by law.

The role of the IARSA Executive Committee shall help the Board accomplish its work in the most efficient way. The Committee shall facilitate decision making in between Board meetings or in the case of a crisis or other urgent circumstances. Specific members of the Executive Committee shall also liaise with relevant Board of Directors, committees and/or elected officers as appropriate.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Finance Committee is to advise the organisation, more specifically the President, on the development, implementation, and evaluation of the yearly budget presented to the Board. The President shall consider asking the Past President to either chair or serve on this committee because of his/her past experience. The committee shall coordinate its work with the Executive Director, who shall serve as an ex-officio member of the committee, in order to determine expected income and past expenditures. The committee drafts a budget for the President by January 15 of each year.

The President shall consider providing the membership of the Association with a copy of the budget during the Annual meeting and comparisons to previous years’ actual expenditures. In addition, the committee shall act as a vehicle for the exchange of information between the organisational membership, the Board, and the President. The Finance Committee shall be responsible for ensuring the Executive Director and other members of the Board as determined by the Executive Committee are bonded by January 15 of each year.

The Executive Director shall prepare and submit the books of the Association for an annual review. This review is to be conducted after the close of the business year on December 31 by an independent third party with appropriate financial expertise. The Finance Committee shall recommend the independent third party to the President for appointment by the Boardat the Boardmeeting. The Finance Committee will work with the Executive Directorto ensure the timelines are met. A certified statement attesting to the accuracy of the financial records for the preceding year will be presented to the Board of the Association at its first meeting of the calendar year.

PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Publications and Research Committee shall responsible for the quality of IARSA publications and research and shall provide direction to and review of the Association’s print and electronic publications, including journals, books, news, educational and all other publications. It shall oversee general editorial policy, engage in strategic planning and development of the Association’s current and future publications, recommends and works with partner entities where appropriate, and initiate publication focused task forces and subcommittees as deemed necessary by the committee.

The Committee shall coordinate all publications associated with the section and to serve as an advisory unit to the Board of Directors. The Committee shall identify publication needs; stimulates research, writing, and discussion by overseeing the development and production of the Article Guides, Discussion Forums, and selected projects. The committee shall seek opportunities to work collaboratively within IARSA as well as related organizations providing content both virtually and at conferences.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Committee shall provide IARSA member institutions and companies with multiple, resource-efficient, opportunities for learning and development initiatives through a variety of delivery channels. The committee is also available as partners and a resource to other IARSA Committees (including various technical training committees) to respond to member institutions and companies learning and development needs; to guide and sponsor professional development skill activities that improve individual, institutions and corporate performances in all sectors.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee shall responsible for supporting the mission, vision, purpose and strategic plan of IARSA. The Membership Committee shall responsible for collaborating with committees, sections, special interest groups, and membership, Board of Directors and staff on key strategies, challenges, and needs in order to provide insight on membership recruitment, engagement and retention. The Membership Committee shall from time to time assess and recommend services, and programmes that will add value to the membership.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

The Conference Committee shall responsible for planning and executing all aspects of the Annual IARSA Conference and all other conferences or events organized by the Association.

Committee Members shall work to assist in various aspects of the conference including:
⦁ Developing and confirming the curriculum programme
⦁ Recruiting speakers and volunteers
⦁ Creating written working session titles and descriptions, if necessary
⦁ Scheduling sessions throughout the Schedule at a Glance
⦁ Participating in conference calls
⦁ Various tasks throughout the conferences

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Awards Committee shall formulate policies and programmes for IARSA awards and recommends the recipients of the awards to the Governing Council.

The Awards Committee:
⦁ Shall formulate general policies regarding awards and honours administered by the Association, and submit such policies and specific recommendations for approval by the Governing Council;
⦁ Shall formulate a general programme designed to meet the needs and desires of the Association in the matter of awards and honours, a may be approved by the Council; and
⦁ Shall select, subject to the approval by the Council, the recipients of the existing awards and honours.

SECTION 5:
IARSA PUBLICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF EDITORS/WEBMASTER IARSA WORLD WIDE WEBSITE

The Webmaster shall responsible for maintaining the organisation’s Website (iarsa.org.ng).Assistance with website duties shall be solicited from other Board or committee members, but the Webmaster shall approve all revisions to Web site content prior to those revisions being published. The Webmaster shall ensure the currency and accuracy of all Web site content and perform any other duties in a timely manner at the request of the Board or Executive Director.

A secure backup of the Web site shall be maintained. Discretion for protocol and location of the backup shall with the Webmaster. However, the President (or his/her designee) and Executive Director shall have all credentials necessary to access both the live and backup versions of the Web site should files need to be accessed in the Webmaster’s absence.

PROCEEDINGS

The editor shall produce the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, which is to be published on the IARSA Web Page. The Proceedings shall include abstracts of paper presentations, symposia, displays, and training sessions and an Index of Participants. Proceedings shall be compiled from the proposal abstracts accepted for presentation at the annual meeting.

RESEARCH IN THE SCHOOLS

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Research in the Schools shall be the official publication of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA) and reflects the mission of the organisation. IARSA shall serve as a focal point for academicians, administrators, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world. To support this mission, Research in the Schools shall publish original contributions in the areas of:
⦁ Research in practice – empirical studies focusing on the results of applied educational research and program evaluation studies including cross-cultural studies;

⦁ Methods and techniques – descriptions of technology applications in the classroom, descriptions of innovative teaching strategies in research/measurements/ statistics, evaluations of teaching methods, and similar articles of interest to instructors of research-oriented courses;

⦁ Assessment – empirical studies of norm-referenced, criterion-referenced and informal tests in the areas of cognitive ability, academic achievement, personality, vocational interests, neuropsychological functioning, and the like;

⦁ Topical articles – scholarly reviews of research, perspectives on the use of research findings, theoretical articles, and related articles; and

⦁ Other topics of interest to educational researchers.

⦁ The journal accepts manuscripts reflecting quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including studies using group or single-subject research designs.

Research in the Schools shall be devoted to research conducted in any educational setting from a conventional elementary school or high school to a training programme conducted within an industry. Likewise, there shall be no age restrictions on the sample, since the educational settings shall include preschools, continuing education classes for adults, or adaptive skills courses in nursing homes. Studies shall be conducted in settings such as clinics, hospitals, or prisons are ordinarily inappropriate for Research in the Schools unless they involve an educational programme within such a setting.

One goal of Research in the Schools shall provide a training ground for graduate students to learn effective reviewing techniques. Consequently, the journal utilizes a Graduate Student Editorial Board in addition to the professional Editorial Board. Manuscripts shall be selected on the basis of a peer blind review composed of graduate students with an interest in educational research and preparatory course work. Members of this Editorial Board, each sponsored by a professor, shall provide supplementary reviews for a selection of submitted articles, and receive both direct and indirect feedback of the quality of these reviews.

OUTSTANDING RITS REVIEWERS

Beginning in 2016, the co-editors of Research in the Schools began recognising individuals who rendered exemplary service to the journal in their role as editorial board members. Timeliness, diligence, and the willingness to offer constructive suggestions are among the traits of peer reviewers (“referees”) that are highly valued both by journal editors and by those who submit their manuscripts for consideration.

RESEARCHERS

The purpose of the Researcher is serving as the major communication vehicle among the membership and officers of the organisation. The editors assume the responsibility for:

⦁ compilation, reproduction, and distribution of The Researcher on the following schedule:– “Call for Papers”, “Leadership”, “Membership Directory”, “Annual Meeting Programme” ;

⦁ dissemination of the “Call for Papers” issue to members of IARSA and other international or national education research associations, and to deans of teacher preparation institutions across the globe who are not members of IARSA; and

⦁ Preparation, maintenance, and dissemination of the production schedule with responsibilities clearly assigned to contributors.” The Editors work with the Executive Director/Director General to assure that two (2) copies of each issue of IARSA Researcher are sent to IARSA Archives Representative and two (2) copies to the President.

SECTION 6:
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH SCHOLARS AND ADMINISTRATORS (IARSA)

“IARSA is a superior scholarly association that it’s characterized by certain commitments in diversified areas of study. The Association demarcates a particular space in the landscape of research in Nigeria and across the by repositioning scholars and research administrators to increase their achievements and take them beyond the obvious. As such, our scholarship shapes the next generation of researchers, it addresses societal concerns and it informs a broad swath of communities outside of academia.

Since inception of the association in 2016, IARSA has been working to cultivate academic freedom under a spirit of self-reliance and self-respect and opening up new horizons in creative scholarly endeavour. The association has also attracted outstanding faculty and members from universities, colleges, institutions and corporate organisations in the 4 continents of the world.

The Association has continued to pursue the “Three I’s”, which in recent years have become common concern of prestigious research association around the world: Interdisciplinary research, Internationalisation and Innovation. IARSA is growing into a world-class research organisation and now is boldly innovating its system to become a global leader in academic and global research.

Our motto is “…creating new knowledge.” IARSA is dedicated to the propagation of creating new knowledge and its correct application — wisdom. As an organization we recognize that all people are part of a larger whole — Humankind. As individual members of the “IARSA family” we all have unique qualities, experiences and knowledge to impart unto others. IARSA is founded upon the highest of human ideals and aspirations.

Everything else that we do at IARSA supports fundamentally an interaction between committed researchers and the nation. The Association believes that any nation can only be successful in achieving their national goals when the relationship between research and innovation is fully developed. While hardly an unusual philosophy, the Association holds it at the very core of who we are. We use it to orient our research priorities. Among the finest accomplishments of our Association is expansion of the professional development system, the modern manifestation of this ideal.

The Association provides excellence and accessibility in education, conduct groundbreaking research, undertake revolutionary creative endeavour, dedicate ourselves to diversity, and enhance higher education’s role in public life. At IARSA, our members find a rich, vibrant, innovative, and affordable academic experience. As we hold onto our strengths, we also look forward to a future marked by increasing distinction and new discovery.

For many years, the Association has proved commitment to integrity and continuous learning, strengthening research capacity for sustainable development and creates an internationally-accepted standard of knowledge, education, research and experience by which our members are recognized as Certified Research Professionals (CRP) in the research community.

The CRP is a distinctive indicator of dedication to the research practice. CRP highlights awareness of the highest ethics and standards, a commitment to remaining abreast of new techniques and technologies, and is an objective measure of knowledge and proficiency. Regardless of age or career stage, IARSA CRP indicates that our members are actively engaged in today’s innovative research, encourage high standards within the profession to raise competency, establish an objective measure of an individual’s knowledge and proficiency and to encourage continued professional development.

The standards upon which CRP is based have been set forth by the Governing Council to promote recognition and continuing excellence in the ethical conduct of research that encourages continuous learning and a commitment.

In keeping with our high standards and philosophy of service, we have structured our organization in such a way as to provide the highest degree of function for individuals’ achievements. This function by necessity includes many very important aspects…not the least of which is research. By being a nonprofit organization we have achieved a state of delicate balance that, as our research shows, allows us to connect with the research community around the world. 

OUR MISSION
To play influential role in global promotion of research activities in diversified areas of study and to tender open forums for exchange of information about research thoughts, plans, resources, projects and results.

OUR VISION

To make research to be at the forefront of the world economic, social and environmental development

OUR VALUES

The core values of IARSA include:
⦁ Commitment, flexibility, diversity, timeliness, zero discrimination, quality in every step and global thinking;

⦁ Promotion of excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary scientific research, public policy initiatives, and education of the public;

⦁ Value collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data ethically and clearly;

⦁ Value working collaboratively with all education partners, research institutions and organizations;

⦁ Value working together as a professional learning community;

⦁ Value evidence-based approaches for establishing policy, decision making and implementing practices and

⦁ Value engaging in timely, public conversations on research and administrative issues.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

⦁ To play influential role in global promotion of research activities in diversified areas of studies;

⦁ To tender open forums and communities for exchange of information about research thoughts, plans, resources, projects, results, and studies;

⦁ To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among the researchers, scientists and learned society in open forums;

⦁ To encourage collaborative research efforts by facilitating open communication between researchers and educators;

⦁ To promote research in determining the lifestyle patterns of the learned society;

⦁ To promote research in determining the relationship between education and crime rate in a society;

⦁ To examine the implications of the societal contexts of education and the relationship between society, nation state and the international contexts and the situation of individuals, groups and minorities within them;

⦁ To contribute to the development and implementation of research and issues of education in multicultural societies;

⦁ To promote the exchange of information, knowledge and materials about all relevant issues concerning education, in multicultural societies amongst teachers, teacher trainers, and administrative professionals working in curriculum development, research and educational policy;

⦁ Facilitate closer ties with the international research community.

PROGRAMMATIC ACTIVITIES
⦁ Research
⦁ Publications
⦁ Supporting Educators
⦁ Engaging Students
⦁ Capacity Building and Development
⦁ Events and Conferences
⦁ Consultancy Services
⦁ Professional Development Programmes

IARSA programmatic activities include:

⦁ RESEARCH

IARSA provides researchers and research students with unique experiences and opportunities. The broad-ranging research at IARSA is innovative, characterised by multidisciplinary cooperation, closely linked to education and stands in close contact with society. The Association’s researchers create and develop innovations in collaboration with other universities/colleges, research institutes and associations, companies and organisations.

IARSA has established itself as an exciting and progressive research intensive organisation with a focus that prioritises the complex issues facing the world. We have developed cross-disciplinary research teams, as well as partnerships and collaborative relationships with external universities, research institutes and association to build world-class research capability.

IARSA provides a strategic framework for research engagement bringing specialised knowledge to our work. Our research and capacity building activities engage with countries and communities of the world to ensure a global perspective

IARSA has a proud team of international members majority of whom are faculty members, independent researchers, PhD scholars, and professionals.

We also accept proposals and orders for research studies, products and information packages. Whilst there is no need to rediscover the wheel, we can find more and better ways to keep the wheel rolling!

IARSA ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS

IARSA Academic researchers are responsible for conducting studies into various different aspects of life, with the eventual aim of developing a more in-depth knowledge of the subject.

It’s all about using new research techniques, developing studies into untouched areas of life and giving us a better understanding of the world in which we live.

Understandably, IARSA academic researchers have impressive academic backgrounds and they have postgraduate qualifications in their chosen scientific project to work in assigned areas and secure funding for the association.

Most IARSA academic researchers work as university professors or college tutors in addition to the research work they do. Our research process itself takes three different forms:
⦁ Exploratory research is carried out with the aim of identifying new problems;

⦁ Constructive research is based around developing solutions or answers to a current problem and

⦁ Empirical research looks to study the feasibility of a specific solution and how long it remains relevant.

DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The research activities of the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (IARSA) strive to ensure that:
⦁ Research at the IARSA is of high international standard;

⦁ Research members at IARSA are of high level and the association’s research careers are attractive;

⦁ The research environment is modern and meets high standards and

⦁ Research funding at the IARSA rests on a solid base.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

You can get involved in a whole range of IARSA research activities. These include helping to develop research questions, applying for funding and ethical approval, sitting on advisory groups, carrying out the research and disseminating the research findings. This section looks at the different ways you can get involved in the different stages of research.

If you want to get involved you should think about why you want to get involved and what sort of thing you would like to do. You should also think about how much time you have and any experience and skills you might have. You might just want to attend a meeting, for example for project advisory groups, public events, reference groups or workshops.  Or you might want to be involved in reviewing papers.

⦁ PUBLICATIONS

IARSA publishes an annual volume on International Journal of Research Scholars and Administrators (IJRSA) that aims to feature studies that are proportional, international and global in significance across a breadth of topics related to education and learning. IJRSA accepts research works from scholars, academicians, professors, doctorates, lecturers, and corporate in their respective expertise of studies.

International Journal of Research Scholars and Administrators (IJRSA) is an online open access, print double blind referred and reviewed international multidiscipline journal. The journal is published quarterly and provides a platform to academicians, consultants, policy makers, business managers and practitioners to publish high quality research articles.

IJRSA provides free access to research thoughts, innovations, and original discoveries by publishing them for public reading and views. Researchers can share their research ideas and project plans by means of publishing them in this reputed International Journal and get global recognition.

SERVICES OFFERED

Journal Publishing, Scientific Writings, Books Publishing, Article Editing, Novel Publishing, Thesis Printing (Online/Offline), Conference Support, Research Grants, Guest Lectures and Professional Memberships

SIGNIFICANT FEATURES

Strict Plagiarism Policy; Peer reviewed Journals; Open access Journals; Reputed Editorial Board; Fully Archived Journals; High Visibility & Indexing; High Impact Factor Journals; Nominal Processing & Publishing Charges; Response will be given within 12 hours; Paper reviews within Two days; Provide Individual “Digital Object Identifier (DOI)” Number of Each Article; Authors get their Acceptance/Rejection Notification within 3 days of submitting paper; All the accepted papers are Open accessible with full PDF download and All Authors get Soft copy of certificate, letter of acceptance, reviewer evaluation grading.

‘People’ publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews with: DOI assigned for all published articles; Google Scholar Indexing; Cross Check iThenticate; Referencing by CrossRef; Portico (Digital Preservation); DRJI Indexing; ROAD: Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources and Index Copernicus

⦁ SUPPORTING EDUCATORS

IARSA champions the support of educators as the foundation for building successful scientists and ensuring the future of research and development in Nigeria and across African nations.

⦁ ENGAGING STUDENTS

IARSA supports students who are engaged in collaborative and participative processes for learning and research. The Association encourages students to get involved in science at young age. In the not too distant future, IARSA intends to manage and sponsor a host of student competitions that span the breadth of scientific disciplines.

⦁ CAPACITY BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT

IARSA builds the capacity of education researchers and advance the field of education research with a global perspective. We build education research capacity through initiatives such as the IARSA capacity development workshops and seminars at individual, institutional and societal levels.

The IARSA capacity-building on an individual level allows individual participants to build and enhance existing knowledge and skills and establishes that allows individuals to engage in the “process of learning and adapting to change in their workplace.

At the institutional level involves aiding pre-existing institutions in developing countries, modernizes existing institutions and supporting them in forming sound policies, organizational structures, and effective methods of management and revenue control while at the societal level supports the establishment of a more “interactive public administration that learns equally from its actions and from feedback it receives from the population at large. IARSA capacity building develops develop public administrators that are responsive and accountable.

We strengthen the knowledge, abilities, skills and behaviour of individuals and improve institutional structures and processes such that the organization can efficiently meet its mission and goals in a sustainable way. The Association also focuses on developing capacity within organizations like NGOs to enhance their abilities in performing specific activities so they can better fulfil their defined mission, allow for more effective decision-making and make development work more transparent.

⦁ EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

IARSA provides cross-disciplinary forums wherein scholars gather to exchange and debate ideas generated from academic viewpoints, global and contemporary issues. This cross-disciplinary commitment of the organisation creates a landscape for the discussion of broader policy issues such as minority studies, gender studies, multicultural education, democracy, and issues of educational equality and equity.

⦁ CONSULTANCY SERVICES

The government, institution and business world are unique in how they operate, the challenges they face and how they deal with them. IARSA offers a wide variety of service consulting for government, institution, corporate bodies and professional services; to help industry leading service and support operations enhance operational efficiency and drive world class levels of performance, while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The Association provides a combination of research expertise, strategic thinking, and specialist knowledge gained and developed over many years. We assist you in all areas of governing, developing, running and growing your organisation or institution.

We leverage our enormous base of experience, wealth of best practice resources, and the latest quality management techniques to provide you with high-value services and deliverables that will improve your business and governance. As veterans in the research industry, we understand the value of strategically aligned service operations, clear management analysis and practical implementation techniques that yield measurable return on investment. Our highly regarded consulting services can help you address a wide variety of business challenges in government, institution and the corporate world.

IARSA Consulting Service possesses six attributes that allow us to meaningfully impact our clients’ most critical and complex changes, risks and disputes.

⦁ Definitive Expertise: Our professionals are acknowledged leaders in their chosen field, not only for the level of clarity and understanding that they bring but for their ability to identify practical, workable answers to complex questions. Viewed in aggregate, IARSA Consulting Service is unmatched in the depth and breadth of expertise we bring to bear on our clients’ behalf.

⦁ Industry Experience: Our industry groups are staffed with seasoned scholars and practitioners who possess many years of hands-on research, management and operational experience in academic and professional settings

⦁ Integrity: As a vital part of a relationship built on trust, we respect the integrity of our clients. We act and communicate in a manner that supports alignment of our goals with our client’s and with a view towards a long-term relationship. We believe that a trustful relationship is key to the success of a consulting project.

⦁ Sustainability: As much as we are ready to take action for short-term improvements, we strive for sustainability and quality in our projects. Our solutions focus on implementation, with IARSA and IARSA Consulting Service Unit being ready, capable, and focused on delivering results.

⦁ Entrepreneurship: We believe that creativity and pragmatism are essential ingredients of successful consulting. We therefore cultivate an agile entrepreneurial mindset with a strong focus on success – in both short term solutions and long-term strategic decisions

⦁ Passion: We love what we do – and we are convinced that our advisory and our solutions can only be satisfying if we are satisfied ourselves. Therefore we know that for our customers to become the best in government, institution or business we have to strive for the same.

⦁ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES (PDP)

Besides the research and education, an important mission of the Association is to share new information and know-how, which is rises from the research. This is done with various services and cooperation projects.

Professional Development Programmes (PDP) is a reliable partner of individual experts and organizations alike. With the help of IARSA PDP, you personally and your organization can obtain a professional head start and competitive edge. We will help you to update your knowledge and competencies, enhance your career development, and ensure that your expertise remains competitive in the future.

IARSA provides our interest groups different – both tailored and ready-maid – training and research services and cooperation and development projects; organises events and occasions and inform actively about the new achievements of the science.

Since our activity is based on the professional development programmes and research we have experience in arranging training in a vast number of other areas as well. Our own methods of working have provided us with skills in project- and teamwork, and through our international projects. We have gained access to extensive networks and a practical knowledge that we are more than happy to share.

We aim at a high level of service and learning efficiency in the learning environments that we create. The quality of our training services is guaranteed by diversified co-operation with:
⦁ University departments and experts;

⦁ Private and public institutions;

⦁ National and international research associations and members.

Our Professional Development Programme is designed, custom-made and arranged courses and training for:
⦁ Separate individuals

⦁ Teams and other groups of employees and

⦁ Organizations, the public sector and private companies

We produce:
⦁ Continuing education for different occupational groups

⦁ Training projects and

⦁ Staff training

Our strong areas of expertise are:
⦁ Entrepreneurship and Business Development;

⦁ Management and Organization Development;

⦁ Social Services and Health Care;

⦁ Pedagogy and Continuing education for teachers at all levels;

⦁ Intercultural Communication and Global Understanding;

⦁ Sustainable Development;

⦁ Nature and the Environment;

⦁ Information and Communication Technology (ICT);

⦁ Production of Culture and Cultural Competence;

⦁ Flexible Learning among others

Our mutual goal is to develop the whole society. We offer a professional head start.

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