OCPA Conferences & Professional Development

OCPA offers many opportunities engaging conferences and professional development each year with the goal of helping connect Higher Education professionals, graduate students and undergraduate students. Below you will find some brief information about each conference as well as links to their individual pages.


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OCPA Annual Conference 

January 30-January 31, 2020

The OCPA Annual Conference is held every January in Columbus, OH and is designed to help connect and reconnect higher education professionals and graduate students from all across Ohio through professional development. With highly engaging program sessions, engaging speakers and nightly socials, the Annual Conference is a great opportunity for professionals across the state to build a network of colleagues and enhance their own campus experience through professional development.

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OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference 

October 12, 2019

The OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference takes place each fall and is geared towards providing undergraduate students an opportunity to explore a career in Student Affairs. OCPA invites students to participate in a one day drive-in conference at one of the premier institutions of higher education around the state to discover the possibilities of choosing a career in higher education.

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Graduate Student Affairs Conference (GSAC) 

November 9, 2019

The Graduate Student Affairs Conference (GSAC) is a day-long conference put on by graduate students, for graduate students that strives to increase networking between rising student affairs professionals while encouraging the exploration of a variety of functional areas. The conference will also provide graduate students the opportunity to propose presentation topics and gain experience facilitating in a conference setting.

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Professional Development Institutes

Professional Development Institutes are an ongoing series of one day drive-in professional development opportunities sponsored by OCPA. Each PDI is held at a sponsoring institution.