American College Personnel Association (ACPA) - headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

Latest Updates & Offerings

Join the 2021 Awards Committee

ACPA Awards celebrate and honor colleagues who have made a profound impact within ACPA and the profession as a whole. We have been very fortunate to have dedicated ACPA volunteers serve on the Awards Committee and we need your assistance in continuing this strong volunteer tradition of honoring these great people and institutions who are Award Recipients.

Apply to be Danielle Morgan Acosta's Presidential Intern!

Each year, the newly elected ACPA Vice President/President-Elect selects a person to help the president manage the administrative and scheduling demands of their Governing Board role. The ACPA Presidential Intern assists the President with administrative tasks, communications, managing and scheduling, and special projects.

Open Call: ACPA22 Convention Chair

In March 2022, ACPA will return to St. Louis, Missouri for its Annual Convention. ACPA 2021-2022 President, Danielle Morgan Acosta, invites you to consider applying to serve as the ACPA22 Convention Chair!

Leading the ACPA Annual Convention planning efforts, in collaboration with the ACPA International Office staff and team of dedicated volunteers, is a transformative opportunity to serve the profession and shape the convention experience for those who participate.

Upcoming Events

Professional Development Opportunities

Program Design School

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 30 June 2021 - 4:00pm
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT June 29 & 30 // 10:00am-4:30pm ET each day Delivered Virtually Join The Leadership and Training Studio and Erin Fischer for a two-day, hands-on, engaging and entertaining seminar. Erin will share how she wrote 90 programs in four and a half years and still has more ideas. (As a matter of fact, she has written eight new courses in three months.) You will learn how to write participant guides, facilitator guides, identify 40 learning methods and understand why you can’t write learning objectives until the end of your course! By the end of the two days, you will have...

ACPA Writer's Retreat

Friday, 9 July 2021 - 12:00pm to Friday, 30 July 2021 - 5:00pm
Join ACPA and key leaders for a virtual retreat that will center the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization. The retreat will offer participants opportunities for writing in community, individual and group coaching, and support in the writing and publication processes. This retreat grows out of the understanding that writing is a power-laden activity that has been made more difficult by racist and settler colonial schooling, but is also a tool for liberatory knowledge creation, knowledge sharing, and practice. Facilitators have experience leading writing retreats, writing groups, and writing workshops, as well as writing and publishing themselves.
Professional Development Opportunities

Phyllis L. Mable Emerging Leaders Institute™

Thursday, 29 July 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, 2 December 2021 - 6:00pm
Virtual Event throughout 5 Thursdays 29 July, 26 August, 30 September, 28 October, 2 December 2021 REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT 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...