NextGen FAQs

How do I register for NextGen?

To register, click here.  This is the same link you can use to register for the general convention but you’ll be able to indicate you want to attend the NextGen as you proceed throughout the form.

I need a scholarship to attend, how do I apply?

NextGen attendees may apply for scholarships to cover their registration and/or travel needs.  These are sponsored through the ACPA Foundation. During the registration process, an option is available to apply for scholarship aid.  The selection committee prioritizes review to attendees who apply by 15 January 2020. Scholarships are distributed on a rolling basis through early February 2020.

Is NextGen geared toward undergraduate students, graduate students, or new professionals?

NextGen is for undergraduate students considering a career in  higher education and / or student affairs. NextGen attendees interact with approximately 125 other participants as well as faculty and practitioners from a diverse array of institutions and functional areas.

What is the difference between NextGen and ACPA Convention?

NextGen refers to the 1.5 days of programming on Sunday and Monday.  NextGen is intended to be a crash course in higher education and student affairs, for undergraduate students.  Depending on your schedule, some NextGen participants stay after NextGen and join in ACPA’s Annual Convention.  

How should I dress?

Be sure to check the weather as you plan your trip to NextGen, but know convention center rooms may be cool, so bring an extra layer just in case!  We recommend you wear comfortable shoes.

What should I bring?

Shoulder bag or backpack to carry handouts, books, and other resources you may collect; Refillable water bottle; Snacks; Enthusiasm for learning and an open mind and heart!

When is check-in for NextGen?

Check in begins at noon on Sunday, 1 March 2020. Programming begins at 1pm.

When does NextGen end?

NextGen closes at 4:00pm on Monday, 2 March; however NextGen participants are invited to attend the ACPA Annual Convention Opening Session (4:00-7:30pm) and NextGen Reception (8:00pm). Additionally, some NextGen participants enjoy participating in the ACPA Annual Convention, which is included in your NextGen registration.

Are meals included in at NextGen and the ACPA Convention?

Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch are included in NextGen. While there are no formal meals for ACPA Annual Convention participants, many people snack on appetizer-type food at CelebrACPA following the ACPA20 Opening Session on Sunday as well as at various receptions.

Are the other meals “on your own?

Saturday lunch and Sunday dinner are on your own.  

Is there support for my travel and food costs?

Yes! The ACPA Foundation provides travel grants up to $250 for students.  When you register for NextGen, apply for a scholarship. ACPA will be in contact with additional details on how to obtain a travel grant.  We also encourage you to reach out to possible resources on your campus through the Vice President of Student Affairs, student government, or other opportunities.

Are we required to stay in one of the ACPA Convention Hotels?

We encourage all NextGen participants to stay in one of the Convention Hotels. ACPA works with local hotels to obtain reasonable rates for attendees. Consider sharing a room with another student (or two) from your institution traveling to NextGen to save on costs. You may have a friend whose college or university is covering the cost of a single room (which happens to have an extra bed).

How can I find a roommate?

ACPA20 provides support in your roommate search by utilizing Roomsync. The Roomsync platform allows for users to search and connect with potential convention roommates. You can find a roommate by visiting the Roomsync portal. 

May I stay for the full ACPA Annual Convention?

Yes!  If you have registered for NextGen, the ACPA Annual Convention attendance is included in your fee.

I’ve never been to a national conference, so what can I expect?

You can expect to learn from leading higher education and student affairs scholars and practitioners from around the globe. ACPA develops a robust curriculum, and there should be no shortage of new ideas, best practices, and the opportunity to connect. There is also the opportunity to network, attend socials, and get involved and volunteer with ACPA.

How do I learn more about ACPA acronyms, terms, and structure?

You can learn more about ACPA, by visiting the ACPA website. The “About Us” page will give you more information about the structure, governance, and directorate. or assistance. NextGen will also be working to provide information, education, and insight into how ACPA works! Another great reason to come to NextGen!

What support is available for accessibility needs?

The ACPA20 Planning Team is committed to the creation of a convention experience, including NextGen, that is accessible to all attendees. The ACPA20 Access Guide includes information and resources to support access to convention experiences. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for the ACPA20 Convention, note your request in your registration or contact the Convention Access Coordinator, Dale O’Neill, at [email protected] by Friday, February 7, 2020.