Boldly
Transforming
Higher
Education

The premier organization for student affairs professionals

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We’re Here For Your Career

ACPA–College Student Educators International is a values-centered leadership association that has worked to boldly transform higher education since 1924. Student affairs and higher education professionals, faculty, and students trust ACPA to deliver high-quality educational programs, provide access to modern research and scholarship, and promote leadership at all levels through a racial justice and decolonization lens.

we work boldly with you

ACPA transforms higher education by creating and sharing influential scholarship, shaping critically reflective practice, and advocating for equitable and inclusive learning environments.

INVOLVEMENT

ACPA continuously connects with you, the people we serve, so that we can help you boldly transform higher education.

RESEARCH

We conduct thorough research so that we can understand pain points and areas of critical need, making sure our work is well-informed.

ADVOCACY

We advocate for equity and fairness in all things, keeping a close eye on government policies that affect college students.

Professional Development

We offer professional development in the form of conferences, webinars, and other resources, so that you can become the best higher education professional you can be.

our upcoming events

NextGen Institute 2022

NextGen Institute 2022

The NextGen Institute is a unique opportunity for those who are interested in the field of student affairs and who have not yet begun graduate studies to learn more about the field of Student Affairs. In particular, the NextGen Institute brings together individuals from across the world to learn about the profession of Student Affairs and Higher Education, ACPA, graduate preparation, functional areas, and the core values that guide our work. This is an opportunity for the next generation of Student Affairs and Higher Education educators to meet and learn from current graduate preparation program faculty, NextGen alumni, and professionals with a variety of personal and professional experiences and identities from diverse institutional types and positions.

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Oct 06, 2021
Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute

Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute

Going into its 24th year, the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute is an ACPA educational program for those who have been in the student affairs field for five or more years or are a departmental director. The Institute guides those desiring to grow their authentic leadership, strengthen their capacities and understand self and organizational dynamics in order to lead well. The 2022 Institute will take place over the course of five Thursday's in early 2022!

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Jan 06, 2022
ACPA22 // St. Louis, MO

ACPA22 // St. Louis, MO

ACPA22 ANNUAL CONVENTIONACPA's Annual Convention experience is a yearly gathering of student affairs and higher education professionals, students and faculty to learn, network and engage in doing the work higher […]

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Mar 06, 2022
2022 Student Affairs Assessment Institute™

2022 Student Affairs Assessment Institute™

the premier Institute for student affairs and higher education professionals who seek a guided, curricular experience in order to develop essential assessment knowledge and skills for their professional toolkitthe Student […]

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Jun 23, 2022

we focus on
equity & inclusion

We know there are a lot of students to serve, and we understand they come from different backgrounds, parts of the world, and financial situations. Every decision we make and training we offer is rooted in the lens of racial justice and decolonization. When you learn best practices from us, you can rest assured knowing they’re the best—for everyone.

our members tell our story

ACPA has fundamentally changed the way I engage and reflect in the realm of higher education and student affairs. Through ongoing professional development, partaking in Commissions & Coalitions, as well as attending Convention, I have been empowered to be better so that I can do better for the students and colleagues I am serving at my respective institution. Furthermore, ACPA has challenged me to think and act, in critical ways, about how I am engaging with justice work; particularly as it relates to intersectionality and power, privilege and oppression.

— Mid-Level Professional

I have been a member of ACPA for more than thirty years and it has been the foundation of my professional development. Although my association roles and responsibilities have changed over the decades, one thing has remained constant as a career-long member of ACPA: being surrounded by bright, dedicated, and inspiring colleagues who have advanced my professional life and enriched me personally.

— Senior-Level Faculty Member

WE KNOW YOU’LL LOVE US TOO!

become a member today and discover what ACPA can offer.