The premier organization for student affairs professionals

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.


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

2023 Supervisor Strengths Institute

2023 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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Sep 18, 2023
2023 ACPA/ASHE Presidential Symposium

2023 ACPA/ASHE Presidential Symposium

The 2022 ACPA-ASHE Presidential Symposium will provide attendees with an understanding of how joy is cultivated, why joy is an act of resistance and healing, and how joy can be fostered through communities of care. In this space, our hope is to bring together graduate students, faculty members, student affairs staff members, and senior student affairs leaders to reimagine our work to center care and community.

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Sep 29, 2023
Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

ACPA is a proud sponsor of the 2023 Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference The University of Vermont annually presents one of the nation’s premiere conferences.  This year the conference […]

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Oct 16, 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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Oct 19, 2023

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.