Boldly
Transforming
Higher
Education

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.

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

Summer 2024 Supervisor Strengths Institute

ACPA is excited to partner with Strengths University for the 2024 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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May 28, 2024

2024 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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Jun 14, 2024

2024 Faculty Racial Justice and Decolonization Institute

The Faculty Racial Justice and Decolonization Institute, sponsored by the ACPA Foundation, provides a guided, curricular experience for tenure and non-tenure track faculty in higher education and student affairs programs that can develop essential knowledge and skill related to racial justice & decolonization in teaching activities. The institute will provide opportunities for dialogue and activities to assist with teaching practices rooted in advancing racial justice and decolonization. After attending the Faculty Racial Justice and Decolonization Institute, participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to implement the SIRJD in curricula development, pedagogical practices, and learning environments.

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Jun 25, 2024

2024 Student Affairs Assessment Institute™

ACPA's Student Affairs Assessment Institute, sponsored by the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, provides a guided, curricular experience where participants can develop essential assessment knowledge and skills for their professional toolkit. This Signature Institute provides a guided, curricular experience where participants can develop essential assessment knowledge and skills for their professional toolkit. The Student Affairs Assessment Institute provides a balance of instruction and hands-on experience designed to ensure attendees leave with the assessment skills and knowledge necessary to develop and execute quality assessment plans on their campuses.

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Jun 25, 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

WE KNOW YOU’LL LOVE US TOO!

become a member today and discover what ACPA can offer.

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