ACPA has proven to be a valuable professional home for countless Bowling Green State University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni for almost fifty years. Each year at the Annual Convention, we witness the influence that ACPA has as our BGSU staff, faculty, students, and alumni reunite to engage in professional and personal development. It’s also an opportunity for members of our Falcon family to share accomplishments, successes, and challenges with each other.
My own involvement in ACPA and that of my Virginia Tech colleagues has brought forth greater creativity in launching new initiatives, seizing opportunities, addressing challenges, and making the Virginia Tech experience one that prepares students for a purposeful and fulfilling life.
ACPA has helped us to really hone our programming. It has provided us with numerous educational opportunities to learn from our peers and experts in the field and has opened our work up to models of programming and leadership development that we had not even dreamed of. ACPA membership has also brought together staff on campus who would not have as readily engaged and has helped to create professionally-focused, and mentorship-driven opportunities along the way.
I evaluated many different associations for professional development when I became Vice President and found that ACPA offers the breadth and depth in research, scholarship, and year-round professional development that advances Cal Poly Student Affairs like no other association. We regularly share ABOUT CAMPUS articles for discussion and have found that our team members have benefited tremendously from the year-round institutes. I have even purchased memberships for my President and Provost so that they can be connected with the leading scholarship of our field.
ACPA is an incredible resource for any professional who works with college students outside the classroom. The expertise, research and scholarship, and best practice guidance gained through ACPA has benefitted UW-Platteville in designing and revamping programs, creating a culture of social justice, and using assessment to improve our work with students. The professional connections made through ACPA provide an avenue for collaboration, brainstorming, and mentoring.