MCPA exists to promote the ideology and philosophy of individuals committed to student development in higher education. MCPA serves students by providing its membership with opportunities for professional development through educational and social activities. With a commitment to further serve our students and with a focus on student success and development, MCPA strives to bring together professionals from across functional areas and with varied years of experience, to promote communication, to create meaningful professional relationships, and to provide opportunities for members to explore issues within the field of higher education.

In the pursuit of this mission, MCPA shall be guided by the following purposes:

  • To encourage the generation, dissemination and utilization of basic applied knowledge about students, the field of higher education, and student development;
  • To provide programs which support student and professional development;
  • To provide a voice on issues affecting higher education in Massachusetts; and
  • To promote formal and informal collegial interaction among individuals interested in student development.

Equity and Inclusion

In support of the core values of ACPA – College Student Educators International, the Massachusetts College Personnel Association (MCPA) actively celebrates and supports the core values of Equity and Inclusion of our parent/umbrella organization. As a result, we’ve adopted our own Equity and Inclusion Statement that promises that we will not discriminate against members because of race, age, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation. Because of the recognized importance of our members, colleagues, sponsors, etc.

MCPA welcomes the collective efforts and talents of all in our effort to provide intentional and purposeful programs and professional development opportunities. In addition, MCPA will integrate this statement and its meaning into the strategic plan of the organization.