ACPAConnect is the global exchange for Student Affairs (SA) expertise. ACPAConnect connects SA professionals to leaders in the field. These field professionals offer affordable, one-on-one video or voice sessions. ACPAConnect also offers the option of in-person mentorship experiences.

ACPAConnect provides insider perspectives issues specific to all areas of Student Affairs. ACPAConnect goes beyond connecting online, career coaching or corporate outplacement.

ACPAConnect offers direct access to the ins and outs, the life lessons and the know- how of experts in Student Affairs. People who have “been there and done that.” It's for aspiring professionals. It’s for people burned-out and looking for a new direction. It’s for college students about to take their first steps into the world of student affairs. It’s for anyone looking to hone existing professional skills.

ACPAConnect is for anyone who has wondered, “What if? Could I really do this? Is it too late? How can I become better at what I do?”

ACPAConnect professionals offer real-life career experience.

5 steps to get your questions answered!

  • Set up a ACPAConnect account and link it to your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.
  • Send a message to the specialist or mentor requesting a one-hour live video or phone conference and provide up to 10 times and dates that work for your schedule. (If you are requesting a full-day or half-day mentorship session, you’ll work directly with ACPAConnect to schedule your meeting.).
  • The specialist/mentor will suggest three, one-hour time slots for the conference based on your preferences..
  • Accept and book one of the suggested time slots..
  • Connect with your specialist/mentor for your video or phone conference via Skype, FaceTime or another method of your choice. Easy!.

Why become a ACPAConnect Specialist or Mentor?

For lots of reasons, but primarily:
  • To make a difference in people’s lives
  • To gain valuable credibility in your field

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.

ACPA, founded in 1924 by May L. Cheney, has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. ACPA members include graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in student affairs/higher education administration programs, faculty, and student affairs educators, from entry level to senior student affairs officers, and organizations and companies that are engaged in the campus marketplace.

History of ACPA

ACPA traces its beginnings to May L. Cheney who organized a teacher placement office at the University of California, Berkeley, and who became the first president of ACPA’s predecessor, the National Association of Appointment Secretaries (NAAS), in 1924.


Discover the diverse Leaders of ACPA in our Governing Board, Assembly Leadership, Committees, and Staff.


Check out the extensive Education, Association, and Corporate Partnerships that ACPA has cultivated.

Press Center

In our Press Center explore the up to date News and Media Releases that ACPA shares on a regular basis.

ACPA Foundation

Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is "to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education" (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation).