2016 ACPA Governance Elections

The ACPA-College Student Educators International Leader Nomination and Election process provides a defining moment in the development of our Association. It is an opportunity to ensure that people with the necessary competencies are leading ACPA and providing governance that will fulfill the objectives of the Association. It is also an opportunity for new leaders to contribute to long lasting sustainable goals and outcomes.

Annual & Financial Reports

2016 Financials 2015 Annual Report


ACPA Bylaws

(Formed under the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act)


The rationale for the existence of the American College Personnel Association ("Association") in the field of higher or tertiary education is based on the following premises:

1.  The wide diversity of functions of student affairs and student services in advancing the needs of post-secondary education necessitates a common meeting ground;

Global Initiatives

ACPA - College Student Educators International, in its commitment to the advancement of the student affairs profession, recognizes the global dimensions of its work and the contributions of student affairs/student services practitioners and scholars throughout the world. While historically rooted in the evolution of the American higher education system, the Association seeks now to extend its efforts and services on behalf of and in collaboration with global colleagues to support the learning and educational experience of postsecondary/tertiary students wherever they are.

Public Policy

ACPA, the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the American Society of Judicial Affairs (ASJA), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) have formed the Consortium on Government Relations for Student Affairs (CGRSA). The consortium will enable member associations to collectively accomplish several public policy tasks.

Corporate Social Responsibility

ACPA will actively pursue relationships such as corporate partnerships, sponsorship of association activities, and other business affiliations with corporations whose products, policies and practices align with the core values of the association; including but not limited to respect for human dignity, sustainable practices, and inclusion. ACPA will not consciously enter into relationships with corporations and businesses whose products, policies and practices do not align with those core values.

Strategic Goals

The ACPA Governing Board began the strategic planning process in Spring 2011.  At this time, it was clear that the membership of ACPA expected a renewed focus on our "place" in higher education and our "niche" in student affairs for the future.

The initial strategic process began in Spring 2011 and continued throughout the summer leadership meetings, assembly meetings/town hall meetings, retreats of the Governing Board, Convention 2012 discussions, and refinement opportunities.  The final review and approval occurred in Fall 2012.  

Professional Competencies

2014-2015 Joint Task Force On Professional Competencies

Go to the Professional Competencies publication page to download a copy along with other resources.

We want to thank the following members of our association for serving on the joint task force on professional competency.

NASPA Co-Chair Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes Vice President for Student Affairs California State University-Fullerton


Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards

Approved by the ACPA Executive Committee in March, 2006

Equity and Inclusion Committee

The Equity & Inclusion Committee is chaired by the Director of Equity & Inclusion. The committee assists the Association and the Director of Equity and Inclusion in dealing with issues of policy and procedures, the development and implementation of the Association's equity and inclusion plan, and scans the larger environment of the Association. Committee members will also serve as a bias incident response team and as ambassadors to the Coalitions, Communities of Practice, Commissions and State and International Divisions.   Purpose of the ACPA Equity & Inclusion Working Groups


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