OCPA Annual Conference


February 5-6, 2024, Hilton at Polaris


Registration is now open!

Register TODAY

Early Registration Rates - August 1 through September 30, 2023
Student Registration: $175
Professional Registration: $225

Regular Registration Rates - October 1, 2023 through January 5, 2024
Student Registration: $185
Professional Registration: $235

Late Registration Rates - January 6 through February 6, 2024
Student Registration: $200
Professional Registration: $250

Single Day Rate - August 1, 2023 through February 6, 2024
Student or Professional Registration: $125

Group Registrations of 5 or 10 (regardless of student or professional status) are encouraged to reach out to Annual Conference Leadership for registration discount options.

Zach Hooten, Annual Conference Chair - hooten.8@osu.edu
Andy Sokolich, Annual Conference Assistant Chair - andy.sokolich@tri-c.edu

Please note, OCPA is a volunteer managed non-profit organization and is unable to provide refunds for professional development event registrations.

Conference Session Formats!

Types of Conference Sessions this year include:

Standard Concurrent Session - 50 minutes

Typical educational session that you have come to know and love from past conferences. Generally, these include an overview presentation, discussion, and Q&A.

Example topics may include: academic interventions in student activities programs, creating training workshops for resident advisors, job searching in the field of student affairs.

Learning Lab - 25 minutes

Abbreviated conference session geared toward a more focused singular topic or a short and innovative presentation.

May involve less discussion and more information sharing as a presentation.

Example topics may include: using a specific social media platform as a student engagement tool, converting a resume into a curriculum vitae (CV), negotiating your first professional job offer.

Roundtable Discussion - 75 minutes

Longer session designed to incorporate more and deeper discussion than a standard concurrent session.

Because these sessions are intended to be presented as a roundtable, presenters are encouraged to maintain substantive dialogue, rather than conduct a formal presentation.

Example topics may include: case studies on crisis management, emerging research from doctoral dissertations, deep dives into contemporary issues facing the field of higher education.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference, but presenters will have an opportunity to showcase their poster during specific sessions.

Example topics may include: emerging themes from a literature review for a grad school project, results of a pilot study, implementing strategies from a book, or evidence-based practices.

Ready to learn more?

This year, the Annual Conference planning team developed a full website with all of your educational session information available in one place.

Visit the Annual Conference Program Session page for the full Call for Programs, submission link, and more helpful resources!


We're excited to upgrade your Conference experience!

Join us at the Hilton at Polaris
8700 Lyra Dr.
Columbus, OH 43240


Block room rate valid until January 5, 2024.


An OCPA Annual Conference Sponsorship allows us to provide a high-quality professional development event for Ohio's Higher Education Student Affairs professionals. This community of learners are often on the front lines of supporting Ohio's college students in their success inside and outside of the classroom. Your sponsorship will ensure that we are able to develop and strengthen our student affairs profession by keeping conference costs low for attendees, showcasing your organization, and providing attendees incalculable benefits.

Learn More!

Register Now as a Conference Sponsor!  (https://cglink.me/2fv/r2131512)


This is a Tentative Schedule. More details to be released as we approach the Conference!

Questions? Contact your OCPA Annual Conference Leadership Team!