This is an Association-level contributing volunteer position, ideal for those interested in curating content for other members, reviewing materials to help make decisions, sharing expertise to build credibility, and welcoming participants at events.

This working group will conduct a literature review of higher education and association management journals to identify megatrends and situational/industry trends which will inform the development of ACUI’s next strategic direction.

The group will make recommendations on these trends to the Board of Trustees for any updates. The working group will work for a term extending from November 2017 to February 2018. Reporting to an ACUI Board of Trustees member and supported by a staff liaison, the group members will be responsible for:

  • Identifying industry reports and conducting a literature review.
  • Reviewing multiple assigned journals to identify megatrends and themes which will be relevant to the future of ACUI and college unions.
  • Analyzing audits/assessment data from other ACUI working groups, such as the Role of the College Statement Working Group and the Research Program Team. 
  • Preparing a report describing 3-7 core trends that ACUI should consider/address when drafting its strategic guideposts and recommending final product to Board of Trustees by March 2018.
  • Preparing and presenting an educational session which will be accessible to the Association.


At the time of application, individuals must have: membership in ACUI; a commitment to fulfilling the duties of the position; and organization/supervisor awareness of the commitment. Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of ACUI’s vision, core values, and core competencies, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. 

Time Commitment

Serving volunteer positions typically require a commitment of 4 months, though this varies by the specific project work of the role. Over the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate approximately 2-3 hours of conference call and project work per month.


Applications are no longer being accepted for this opportunity in 2017. A screening committee made up of the staff liaison and related volunteers will review applications, interview qualified candidates, and make a selection recommendation.