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ACPA Philly Drive-In: Where Academic and Student Affairs Meet

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November 3, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $20/registration

Join the ACPA Commission for Academic Affairs, Drexel University Student Life, ACPA Pennsylvania, and Pennoni Honors College's Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry for an exciting day of programming designed specifically for higher education professionals and administrators across student and academic affairs. Building collaborative working relationships across student support services, academic support services, and faculty is key to our students' scholarly and personal wellbeing. Through thoughtful small group discussions, informative workshops, and a live case study competition we hope to bring together the "two sides of the house" for a day of cooperative learning where we can begin to understand each others perspectives, learn each others' language, and build mutually beneficial professional best practices, regardless of our differing roles and titles. 


  • The ExCITE Center, 3401 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dress Code:

Show some school spirit! The ExCITe Center is known as an innovative and collaborative work environment. During the day you will have the opportunity to work in groups, which may require some movement around the space. Therefore we encourage all attendees to dress comfortably in "College Casual Friday" attire (school colors or school spirit apparel) and represent your institution with pride!

Sponsored by:

  • ACPA Commission for Academic Affairs
  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry at the Pennoni Honors College
  • Drexel University Student Life


Professionals from colleges and universities across the Greater Philadelphia Metro area are invited to participate for a small fee of $20.00 per person. A light breakfast and lunch are included. Registration closes on October 27, 2017 at 11:59PM. Space is limited, consider reserving your space early!

Purposes and Goals:

We hope this conference:

  • Addresses the differences and similarities across our professional histories, professional philosophies, and student learning and institutional goals, in order to start learning how to “speak each other’s language” 
  • Establishes an open forum for discussion about our professional and institutional challenges, with the goal of understanding each other’s perspectives in the context of our day-to-day working lives, our engagement at the university level, and our experience navigating such challenges in the face of wider concerns in higher education.
  • Creates space for professionals to brainstorm ways to collaborate across the different “sides of the house” on institutional issues and best practices for student academic and personal well-being
  • Allows networking with likeminded professionals that recognize and value the complex, interdisciplinary nature of working in a higher education institution 


  • 8:30AM Breakfast and Registration Opens

  • 9:30AM Opening Remarks and Keynote with Q&A

  • 10:30AM Structured Roundtable Discussions

  • 11AM-12PM Theory to Practice Breakouts (Exact Rooms TBD)


    • Advising as Teaching, Teaching as Advising
    • Authentic Leadership Across Higher Ed
    • It Takes a Village: Building Collaborative Teams for Student Success
    • Shifting Theoretical Foundations in Higher Ed
  • 12PM-1PM Networking Lunch
  • 1PM-2:30PM Live Case Study Competition
  • 2:30PM-3PM Judging and Closing Remarks

Getting Here & Parking

Information coming soon