Welcome to the Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and the First Year Experience!

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Vision: To lead ACPA in all issues related to student intake and first-year experience.

Mission: The ACPA Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience (AOFYE) provides superior resources for scholarship, recognition, and networking for all association members whose work is engaged in the management of student enrollment and adjustment.  AOFYE is able to do this through its network of professionals whose expertise and understanding that college and university transition programs function best as integrated, intentionally-connected, and comprehensive processes.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Scholarship
    • Distribute a monthly written piece via newsletter, blog or other source that shares developments in the field and provides a forum for members to share best practices.
    • Organize and host a minimum of 6 webcasts annually that showcase relevant topics and best practices in the field
    • Sponsor no fewer than 4 programs, which collectively cover a variety of topics related to the mission of AOFYE, at the ACPA annual convention.
    • Regularly update the AOFYE blog that provides an additional forum for Commission members to discuss trends within the field.
    • When necessary, advocate and consult ACPA Leadership for issues related to the mission of AOFYE
  • Recognition
    • Present annual awards to exemplary students, professionals, and programs that contribute to the mission of AOFYE
    • Co-sponsor an annual grant with the National Resource Center for innovative research related to the mission of AOFYE
    • Sponsor no fewer than one student interested in functional areas related to the mission of AOFYE at the Next Gen Conference
  • Networking
    • Provide networking opportunities at the ACPA annual convention for AOFYE professionals
    • Provide opportunities for members to share information on job openings related to the mission of AOFYE
    • Regularly update and engage members via social media outlets (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
Check back soon for updates regarding upcoming Newsletters and Webinars!
Check back soon regarding upcoming events taking place within AOFYE!

Brandon McDonald, Chair 2024-2025


Erik Cederholm, Past Chair 2024-2025


Casey Dubina, Past Chair 2024-2025


Connor Terry, Chair Convention Engagement 2024-2025 

We are looking to add more to our Directorate Board Team! If you are interested, please fill out this form here and we will be in touch as we fill roles!

Each year, The AOFYE Commission sponsors Awards to celebrate all the acheivements within the field. Awards for the 2025 Annual Convention will open on July, 1st, 2024. Check back soon for more information!


In addition, each year we sponsor a Research Grant in partnership with the National Resorce Center. Please check back for more information regarding deadlines.

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