Welcome to OCPA!

The Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) exists to advance student learning and development. In pursuit of this goal, the association facilitates the sharing and creation of knowledge and best practices for Student Affairs in the State of Ohio through professional development and networking opportunities. These opportunities enhance and produce collaborative partnerships among students, practitioners, faculty, and professional organizations.

Our Core Values

In pursuit of our vision, OCPA is committed to:


A holistic, comprehensive and empirically driven approach to student development and learning that considers students' societal and contextual factors.


An understanding of humanity that serves as a foundation for honoring, celebrating, and illuminating the rich diversity that exists in and between all of us.


The advancement and dissemination of knowledge which informs policies, practices, programs and scholarship for professionals within the higher education community of Ohio.


A collegial and democratic approach to organizational decision making, programs, and services that works to be accessible, transparent, and is held fiscally accountable to its membership. It is composed of an active membership of professionals in the work of supporting higher education students and institutions and volunteering with OCPA.


The belief that collaboration with professional organizations and institutions committed to the success of college students enhances our ability to serve and develop our State-wide community of higher education professionals

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

OCPA strives to be a welcoming and just community that appreciates, understands and celebrates diversity and multiculturalism while critically examining its practices and policies in the continued push for equity, inclusivity and human dignity.

OCPA affirms the importance of equity, inclusion, and social justice in all aspects of the lives of our membership, both personally and professionally. OCPA recognizes it is our responsibility to promote these values, as they are central to the mission of advancing the Ohio higher education community. We strive to foster a stronger community of practice that appreciates and celebrates difference, and to ensure our membership, leadership, scholarship, and programming reflect these values. We encourage all of our members to consider their own responsibility in promoting equity, inclusion, and social justice on their campuses, in their lives, and within OCPA.

Member Benefits

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.


Members are able to connect and network with a vast group of Higher Education professionals across the state. Connections are at every level, functional area, and nearly every institution in Ohio.