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

Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute™

Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute™

Approximately 30% of ACPA members currently identify as entry-level professionals with 1-3 years of experience in student affairs work. ACPA created the Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute (previously the New Professionals Institute) to support the development of emerging leaders as they collectively serve thousands of students on a daily basis. This Institute includes several mentoring opportunities and one-on-one interactions with several of today’s leaders in higher education and student affairs as resident faculty and small group facilitators.

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Jul 29, 2021
ACPA, It’s Your Turn to AskJAN: Job Accommodations Network

ACPA, It’s Your Turn to AskJAN: Job Accommodations Network

ACPA Members with Disability or Allies can ask the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) questions about job accommodations in higher education or student affairs. It is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for more than 35 years, JAN provides free one-on-one practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. AskJAN is funded by a contract from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) (#1605DC-17-C-0038). Its development has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of ODEP, West Virginia University, and private industry throughout North America.

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Sep 22, 2021
Managing Up: Strategies to Navigate Positional and Power Dynamics Webinar

Managing Up: Strategies to Navigate Positional and Power Dynamics Webinar

About You know it's important to effectively manage people who report to you, but did you know you can also manage up to the people who manage you? Someone might […]

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Sep 23, 2021
emPOWER hour

emPOWER hour

About Join us for a bi-monthly social hour specifically designed for graduate students and new professionals. We are hosting an emPOWER hour to discuss current hot topics in higher education/student […]

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Sep 27, 2021

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.