ACPA 2014 Convention Program 

REINVENT You. Us. Indy.

The conference theme, “REINVENT You. Us. Indy.” invites us to analyze the standard ways that we have come to think about our work and ourselves.  Our location in Indianapolis, a city that has reinvented itself, reminds us of the opportunity we have to engage continually in transformative practice and innovative approaches that benefit our learning and the learning, development, and growth of our students.


“HEd Talks” (Higher Ed Talks) Check out the HEd Talks Speakers

Beginning with the opening session on Sunday, March 30 (which will start at 4:00 p.m.), ACPA 2014 will feature TED Talk-like sessions to engage attendees throughout the convention experience. Similarly, HEd Talks will be offered on Monday and Tuesday as featured programs that highlight a range of national and international “hot topics.” Each of the HEd Talks will stand alone in the program line-up, without competition from other programs or convention activities and are envisioned as plenary sessions.

New “Genius Labs” on Sunday, March 30

The 2014 convention will offer a series of skill building workshops on Sunday afternoon which might include:

  • How to make a Facebook fan page;
  • Twitter tutorials;
  • Tips on how to take great digital photos;
  • Using online survey instruments and many more!

Sunday Evening is All About Member Engagement and Networking

From welcome receptions to a new event, called “CelebrACPA,” the first night of convention concludes with interactive opportunities to experience ACPA through the talents of its members. The ACPA 2014 Convention Team welcomes suggestions for inventive ways to showcase our members’ interests and talents! Please contact the Special Events Co-Chairs, Donna Lee or Juan Guardia with your suggestions.

Additional Time Slot for Open Meetings

The 2014 Convention Team will offer a second Open Meeting time option on Tuesday for Commission and Standing Committee meetings, allowing members to attend more than one open meeting based on multiple areas of interests, identities and/or involvement.

ACPA PechaKucha on Tuesday Evening

PechaKucha is a new style of presentation catching on quickly around the globe where the presenter shares 20 slides at the rate of 20 seconds per slide (the entire presentation is complete in 6 minutes and 40 seconds). This fast-paced presentation style will allow many members to have an opportunity to present on an area of interest or passion, within or outside of higher education.

Professional Competencies

Central to the substance and structure of the ACPA 2014 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. To read more about the competencies, visit: ACPA’s Internal Publications page.

  • Advising and Helping
  • Human and Organizational Resources
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  • Law, Policy, and Governance
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Ethical Practice
  • Personal Foundations
  • History, Philosophy, and Values
  • Student Learning and Development