OCPA Annual Conference


February 10 & 11, 2025, Hilton at Polaris


Registration is now OPEN!

Members must log in to CampusGroups to access member rates.

Early Bird Registration Rates - March 1, 2024 through September 30, 2024
Student Registration: $185 (Member); $210 (Non-Member)
Professional Registration: $225 (Member); $275 (Non-Member)

Regular Registration Rates - October 1, 2024 - January 10, 2025
Student Registration: $200 (Member); $225 (Non-Member)
Professional Registration: $235 (Member); $285 (Non-Member)

Late Registration Rates - January 11, 2025 - January 31, 2024
Student Registration: $225 (Member); $250 (Non-Member)
Professional Registration: $250 (Member); $325 (Non-Member)

Single-Day Rates
Daily Rates are available for $140/day

Group Registration Options Available!

Groups of 5, 10, or more are encouraged to reach out to Annual Conference Leadership for registration discount options!

Andy Sokolich, 2025 Annual Conference 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.

Keynote Speakers

2025 Keynote Speakers will be announced in late 2024!

Conference Session Formats!

Check out the 2024 Annual Conference Program Guidebook!

The Program Guidebook is a "living" document that will help you stay up-to-date with all conference sessions and any last minute changes. This year's session titles, descriptions, and presenters are now included!

Types of Conference Sessions 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.

Graduate Student Case Study Competition

The Dr. Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition will take place on Tuesday, February 6th at the 2024 OCPA Annual Conference. Each team of up to two graduate students will have 8 minutes to share their case presentation and 5 minutes for questions and conversation.

Please visit the Dr. Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition website to learn more.

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!


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


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)

Thank you to our 2024 Conference Sponsors!

Questions? Contact your OCPA Annual Conference Leadership Team:

Andy Sokolich, 2025 Annual Conference Chair - andy.sokolich@tri-c.edu