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2025 Institute on the Curricular Approach™

October 18, 2025 @ 4:00 pm - October 22, 2025 @ 12:00 pm CDT

2024 institute on the curricular approach

the widely adopted go-to professional development experience for individuals and departmental teams who want to implement a Curricular Approach on campus

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Join student affairs and higher education colleagues on a journey equipping you to lead organizations toward a curricular approach to learning for all on your campus at the Institute on the Curricular Approach (ICA)! This learning experience is dynamic and valuable. Participants will be able to explore how to lead, design, and implement a curricular approach. ICA Faculty will offer learning opportunities including large group keynotes, smaller sequenced sessions, faculty consultations, institutional showcases, and more. Wherever you are in your journey individually and organizationally toward a departmental or divisional curricular approach, this institute is a straight-forward way to obtain clear direction from higher education and student affairs professionals experienced with a curricular approach.

Through participation in ICA, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply the 10 Essential Elements of a Curricular Approach
  • Design, implement, and assess a Curricular Approach
  • Learn from other institutions implementing a Curricular Approach through Showcase presentations
  • Get feedback from Institute faculty about your Curricular Approach through Faculty Consults

A Curricular Approach is a paradigm shift from traditional educational approaches to an intentional, developmentally sequenced one, defined by institutional mission and purpose. Staff members using a Curricular Approach first identify clear learning goals and outcomes grounded in the history, culture, mission, and purpose of each institution. Then staff members identify student engagement strategies that can provide opportunities for students to achieve these learning goals and outcomes. Goals are sequenced, pedagogy rooted in scholarship of teaching and learning, and campus partners incorporated from throughout the institution. A Curricular Approach uses assessment to inform a process of continuous improvement.

Shifting to using a Curricular Approach is not superficial nor is it simply utilizing learning outcomes to guide programming. A curricular approach utilizes the 10 Essential Elements to think about student learning and a refined leadership mindset.

institute features

This learning experience is an institute and not a conference. Sessions are organized and sequenced to meet the needs of professionals and organizations at different places in their journey. Each session is also sequenced with learning outcomes to create an integrated, developmentally sequenced, experience for the participants. Showcases are also offered from a variety of institutional sizes and types to give concrete examples of how a Curricular Approach can be implemented consistently across campuses but also tailored for each unique campus context.

Whether it is your first Institute or your twelfth, you will leave inspired with new insights, new collegial connections, new examples and innovations, and new energy. We have representatives from all sizes and types of institutions who have benefited from the Institute experience.

Team Registration

Consistently, some of the best feedback we receive from participants is from those who attended as members of an institutional team. While individual attendance is perfectly fine, if you can register as a team, we encourage it so you can learn together in real time and build or advance your Curricular Approach together. Team registration rates are available!

Demographics of institute participants (based on 2023 Institute evaluation data):

Team Attendance Years Attending ICA
Attended without a team: 6% First time attendee: 71%
Attended with two to five colleagues: 46% Returning attendee: 29%
Attended with more than six colleagues : 46%  


Registration Rates

To take advantage of team registration rates, all participants must be ACPA members through 9 October 2024.
All team members should be registered at the same time.

  • Registrant 1: $649 /$849*                                    • Registrant 6: $549
  • Registrant 2:$649 /$849*                                    • Registrant 7: $449
  • Registrant 3: $549                                                 • Registrant 8: $449
  • Registrant 4: $549                                                • Registrant 9: $449
  • Registrant 5: $549                                                • Registrant 10: FREE

*Rate after August 6, 2024

Please note that we are unable to “hold” space for team members that are not yet hired/determined. You can choose to transfer registrations between individuals prior to 6 September 2024 and manage that process on your own through event registration. If you need to transfer a registration after 6 September 2024, there will be a $50 fee, as this process must be completed by the staff after that date. All other registration policies apply to team registrations. 

Before 6 August 2024                      After 6 August 2024

$649                     $849

Membership must be active through 9 October 2024

Before 6 August 2024                      After 6 August 2024

$289                     $389

Membership must be active through 9 October 2024

Before 6 August 2024                      After 6 August 2024

$849                     $1,049

consider becoming a member of ACPA to save $200 on your registration price!

Before 6 August 2024                      After 6 August 2024

$389                     $489

consider becoming a member of ACPA for $39 to save $100 on your registration price!

Registrations can be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All fees must be prepaid. Purchase orders are not accepted. Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing at ACPA by 6 September, 2024. After 6 September, 2024, there are no refunds.  A processing fee of US$50 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined or to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the fees will be fully refunded; however, ACPA will not be responsible for other additional costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines and/or travel agencies.

lodging & transportation

The host hotel for the 2024 Institute on the Curricular Approach is the Westin O’Hare airport, offering a nightly rate of $219.


October 18, 2025 @ 4:00 pm CDT
October 22, 2025 @ 12:00 pm CDT
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DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC – Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202 United States
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