The premier organization for student affairs professionals

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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.


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


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


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

Fall 2023 Title IX Webinar Update with Peter Lake

Fall 2023 Title IX Webinar Update with Peter Lake

New Title IX regulations, proposed in the summer of 2022, are delayed. The Department of Education continues to address almost a quarter-million comments submitted during the notice and comment period. Nonetheless, during this waiting period Title IX compliance mandates continue to evolve in complex ways. Title IX regulations that took effect on August 14, 2020 are still in force, yet have been modified by litigation in critical ways; the Biden administration has engaged in significant regulatory enforcement under the prevailing regulations; the Supreme Court has also taken steps that impact Title IX practice on campus.  Professor of Law and practicing attorney Peter Lake, an expert on Title IX and a well-known scholar in higher education law and policy, will provide an important end-of-year update and will look ahead to the future of Title IX compliance in 2024 and beyond.  Do not wait for a Title IX update simply because new regulations are not finalized: 2024 promises to be a signature year in Title IX enforcement.

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Dec 12, 2023
SLCoP: 2023-2024 Senior Level Support Network

SLCoP: 2023-2024 Senior Level Support Network

The ACPA Senior-Level Community of Practice (SLCoP) coordinates and hosts the Senior-Level Support Network (SLSN). These monthly conversations with colleagues in leadership roles offer a space to discuss concerns and […]

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Dec 21, 2023
2024 Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute

2024 Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute

Going into its 25th 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.

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Jan 11, 2024
Spring 2024 Supervisor Strengths Institute

Spring 2024 Supervisor Strengths Institute

ACPA is excited to partner with Strengths University for the 2023 Supervisor Strengths Institute! Learn to become a more effective supervisor and show up authentically in your leadership role. You'll gain skills around how to feel balanced, aligned, and able to genuinely enjoy your work while having the energy to do your best work. Strengths University understands the challenges, the frustrations, and the joys of leading a team. We want to help you manage the stress and chaos, so you can better lead your team, support your students, and have more balance in your life.

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Jan 17, 2024

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


become a member today and discover what ACPA can offer.