Program Categories

Below are the names and descriptions of various program types.

For questions about 2017 Convention programs, please contact Program Chair Ray Plaza.

Pre-Convention Workshops

These invited and selected sessions provide opportunities for Convention attendees to engage in deep, sustained dialogue and learning on contemporary issues most relevant to student affairs professionals.  These will be offered prior to the 2017 Convention at an additional cost to attendees.  Please contact Gloria Laureano with questions about Pre-Convention Workshops.

General Convention Programs

These 60-minutes sessions are focused on advancing participants’ professional competencies.  General Convention Programs comprise the majority of the educational sessions at the Convention and are expected to have a theoretical or conceptual basis for the discussion.  Please contact Dean Kennedy with questions about General Convention Programs.

Extended Sessions

An Extended Session is a lengthier program filling an entire 2-hour block.  These sessions provide Convention attendees with an intensive learning experience designed to promote a level of competence in a specific area.  By providing more time, presenters can explore a topic in more depth.  Extended Session submissions should provide a justification for the lengthier session, including a strong conceptual framework and a detailed agenda.  Please contact Vicky Dean with questions about Extended Sessions.

Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Programs

ACPA’s organizational structure includes Commissions that represent functional and interest areas pertinent to student affairs and higher education work and Coalitions that represent specific identity groups within our membership.  Should your program be directly related to the work of one of these groups, indicate this by selecting “sponsored program” as your program type.  If your proposal is not selected as a Sponsored or Co-Sponsored Program (60-minutes), it will be considered as a submission for a General Program based on the sponsoring entities reviewer’s feedback.  Please contact Sarah Laux and/or Laila McCloud with questions about Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Programs.

Competency Based Sessions

These 75-minute sessions are focused on the 10 professional competency areas from ACPA/NASPA. Presenters will have an opportunity to provide an in-depth perspective on one of the professional competency areas that will enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of that competency. Please contact Edna Miller with questions about the new Competency Based Sessions.

Spotlight Sessions

Spotlight sessions allow presenters to share programs, strategies, and interventions that have been successful on their campuses. These are brief 20-minute presentations with a 10 minute question and answer period designed to spotlight initiative and encourage discussion.  Each 60-minute program slot will include a presentation of two spotlights with other presenters on a similarly focused or related topic. Please contact Tom Murray with questions about Spotlight Sessions.

Constituent Programs

Constituent Programs are those that are sponsored or coordinated by special entities within the Association, such as State and International Divisions, official committees or task forces, corporate partners, the ACPA Foundation, Senior/Emerging Scholars, faculty, and designated award recipients.  Please contact Rex Jackson with questions about Constituent Programs.

Research Papers

Designed for the presentation of scholarly research, particularly by graduate students or faculty members, each 75-minute program slot will include presentation of three research papers (20 minutes each) followed by a brief discussion.  Please contact Jay Garvey and/or Ric Montelongo with questions about Research Papers.

Research Poster Sessions

Poster Sessions are designed for discussion about research projects that are in process or have been completed.  Presenters display their work on a large bulletin board and are available to discuss their display and interact with those circulating the poster display area.  Please contact Jay Garvey and/or Ric Montelongo with questions about Research Papers.

Practice Posters

The Practice Poster Sessions are designed for discussion about current services provided on campus and their reach, success, and adaptability. Presenters display content knowledge on a large bulletin board and are available to discuss their display and interact with attendees. Please contact Charlotte McCloud with questions about Practice Posters.

Genius Labs

The convention’s Genius Labs are 20-minute skill-building workshops highlighting a number of practical activities (primarily focused on technology) designed for participants to learn about, experiment with, and implement immediately. Take a break from the traditional learning sessions and join us in our open, interactive, and high-tech space. Topics have been selected with the intent of having meaningful instruction for all skill levels, sending attendees home with effective (and often free) new resources, and building confidence and competence in new tools to help you work on your campus. Several sessions are offered multiple times. Whether you are a novice, early adopter or an expert, there is something for everyone at the ACPA Genius Labs! Please contact Tiffany Leschke with questions about Genius Labs.

Pecha Kucha Powered By ACPA

PechaKucha is an innovative presentation format during which the speaker’s 20 slides auto-advance every 20 seconds. It is the art of concise presentations. This event is guaranteed to challenge conventional presentation styles, while inspiring colleagues in 6 minutes and 40 seconds! For more information about the origins of Pecha Kucha visit the Pecha Kucha website. Please contact Matthew Perry with questions about Pecha Kucha Powered by ACPA.

Professional Competencies

Central to the substance and structure of the ACPA17 Annual Convention program are the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies.  As such, the competencies will be used in the program proposal, evaluation, and selection processes.  ACPA members who are developing sessions and preparing proposals are urged to become familiar with the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies to ensure that their sessions substantially address and incorporate one or more of them in their program proposals. Click here to read more about the professional competencies. They are:

  • Advising and Supporting
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  • Law, Policy, and Governance
  • Leadership
  • Organizational and Human Resources
  • Personal and Ethical Foundations
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Student Learning and Development
  • Technology
  • Values, Philosophy and History

ACPA Equity and Inclusion Statement

ACPA-College Student Educators International actively promotes and recognizes principles of fairness, equity, and social justice in relation to, and across intersections of, race, age, color, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, and all other identities represented among our diverse membership.  By appreciating the importance of inclusion, we acknowledge that the collective and individual talents, skills, and perspectives of members, constituent groups, and partners foster a culture of belonging , collaborative practice, innovation, and mutual respect, ACPA seeks to empower and engage professionals, scholars, and partners in actions that productively contribute to accomplishing the goals of our association.