From the President – Winter 2015

Gavin W. Henning, ACPA President

Greetings. I hope the first semester is finishing up smoothly and everyone is looking forward to the holiday break. For this edition of Developments, I would like to take the opportunity to update the membership on a number of ACPA initiatives.

ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies – 2nd Edition

In August, ACPA and NASPA released a revised version of the 2010 edition of the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners. Included in the 2015 edition is the combination of two competencies (ethics and personal foundations), addition of a technology competency, renaming of a few competencies, and revision of some outcomes within each competency area. To download a copy visit:

A joint ACPA/NASPA Taskforce will be working to create rubrics supporting the competencies. These will be a wonderful tool for a variety of assessments related to the competencies and hope to have drafts to share at the 2016 ACPA Convention for feedback.

Beyond Compliance: Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education

In August, ACPA published a monograph entitled Beyond Compliance: Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education. This critical resource is a product of the ACPA Sexual Assault Prevention Implementation Team. You can access the document by visiting:

Professional Symposium

On September 29th, 2015, ACPA launched an exciting, innovative professional development event. The Presidential Symposium was entitled Fulfilling Our Promises to Students: Fostering and Demonstrating Student Success. We used a hybrid model that included an onsite event at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City as well as campus participation parties across the western hemisphere at nearly 100 colleges and universities. The event included seven brief (15 or fewer minutes) talks combined with opportunities for individual campuses to have small group conversations to apply the information they learned. Social media activity was engaging with 2.25 million Twitter impressions during the event. If you missed the symposium, you can still access all of the content, which includes the seven symposium talks as well as six “bonus” talks. Just visit for details.

ACPA16 in Montréal

The ACPA16 Convention Team continues to develop what will surely be one of the most incredible convention experiences any of us have had. There were a record number of program proposals that will result in many high quality sessions. Our pre-convention sessions are unbelievable. They include workshops on the neuroscience of learning, feminist leadership, social and digital competency, and two Montréal study tours. Please join us in our common read entitled In Defiance by Gabriel Nadeau Dubois, which documents the Maple Spring strike by more than 300,000 students across Quebec protesting tuition fee hikes. We have a Career Central program track throughout the convention as well as a new Career Café which is a place where resource information, job postings, and consultations with the Career Central team and ACPA leadership and entity groups will be available to address a range of career and job placement services. Also consider “paying it forward” by making a donation to sponsor a NextGen participant (‪ ). You can find more details by visiting:

Faculty Research Grants

ACPA has increased its emphasis on research grants in the past year. Dr. Anne Hornak chaired the committee for a newly created faculty grant. Thirteen high-quality applications were submitted covering a range of topics. The winner of the grant competition for 2015 was Dr. Lucy LePeau, Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington along with two of her graduate students (Sarah Fernandez and Ryan Davis) who will serve as her co-principal investigators on the project. The title of the work is: Academic and Student Affairs Partnerships to Advance Diversity and Social Justice: A Content Analysis of Institutional Websites. We look forward to sharing the results of their research upon its completion.

Student Global Summit Co-Sponsored by IASAS and ACPA

ACPA is partnering with IASAS (International Association of Student Affairs and Services) for an inaugural Student Global Summit that will be co-located with the ACPA16 Convention in Montréal. Collaborating with LEAD365, the goal is to help college students around the world develop leadership skills to tackle the problems that confront our global community. We are still in the planning stages, so stay tuned for details on nominating students as well as sponsoring students for the summit.

Coordinating Student Affairs Divisional Assessment

ACPA and NASPA co-sponsored this publication through Stylus released in December. The need for the new role of student affairs assessment coordinator has emerged in response to the increasing demand for outcomes information, the proliferation of data, and the recognition that coordinating this work within divisions is of paramount importance.

For those taking on this role, this book constitutes a practical guide to leading and implementing an assessment program – whether doing so full- or part-time, as an individual or in a multi-person office, or whether reporting to or being in positional leadership. 

ACPA members receive a 15% discount and free shipping. Visit this page to purchase a copy using the code CSAA16

Council for the Advancement of Standards 9th Edition of the Professional Standards for Higher Education

While not solely an ACPA initiative, ACPA was one of the founding members of CAS and I have been fortunate to represent ACPA on the CAS Board of Directors since 2012 and also sit on the CAS Executive Committee as Member-at-Large for Outreach. The 9th Edition of the “Blue Book” came out earlier this fall with new and revised standards in addition to an improved format for the Self-Assessment Guides (SAGS). The book is also available as an e-book so it will always be near. In addition, there are a number of resources to help support the use of the CAS Standards, which a set of resources specifically for faculty. For more information, visit

Those are a few updates on ACPA initiatives. Check out the ACPA website to learn more about other work of the association. I hope you all have an enjoyable holiday break.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.