Free Online Learning Opportunities for Members

These online learning events are free to anyone at a member institution. Nonmember pricing is $139. If you are uncertain of your membership status, please contact us at

ACUI Together Series | Through December 17

Sometimes, we just need a space to process what is happening in our lives with those who can relate. ACUI Together provides online space for you to meet with other ACUI members in small groups of 7–8 people. These spaces will be offered twice a month through December.

Once a month will be an open networking time, where attendees will be randomly assigned to small groups. For the first half of the session, groups will be given a discussion prompt and will have eight minutes to share. This will go for three rounds. Imagine moving from table to table at a face-to-face networking event. For the second half, attendees will continue discussion with no prompt. Groups can openly discuss their concerns, challenges, and stories with one another during this time.

In the second monthly session, attendees will be manually assigned into groups of professionals at the same level. They will remain in these groups for the entire session. If groups of 7–8 would like to stay together each month for consistency and mutual support, they can let the organizer know to always place them together for these sessions.

We hope these opportunities for networking and support will help our members stay strong and healthy during these challenging months. Hopefully, these sessions will provide a chance to get to know one another better and lift one another up.

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Future Event Dates
  • September 24 at 4 p.m. Eastern – Closed Networking 
  • October 6 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern – Open Networking 
  • October 22 at 4 p.m. Eastern – Closed Networking 
  • November 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern – Open Networking  
  • November 19 at 4 p.m. Eastern – Closed Networking 
  • December 1 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern – Open Networking 
  • December 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern – Closed Networking
Peer-to-Peer Mentorship | October 13, 1 p.m. Eastern

The presenters will cover different aspects of peer-to-peer mentorship, including student mentorship programs on campus, peer-to-peer mentorship for the use of professional development, and informal mentoring relationships. Bring your questions and ideas to share at the end.

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About the Presenters
  • Ofelia Dominguez, Director Union Services, University of Texas–El Paso
  • Charles Farrell, Executive Director for Business Development/UIC Student Centers, Campus Auxiliary Services/Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Katie Trinh, Student, University of Houston
Unique Spaces in the College Union | November 3, 11 a.m. Eastern

Every union building has a story. Unique features, hidden treasures, and bits of history fill campus buildings throughout the world. Two professionals from different institutions talk about the unique spaces in their union in this online learning program. Feel free to share an example from your building as well.

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About the Presenters
  • Michael Campbell, Assistant Director Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University
  • Jordy Dickey, Assistant Director of Student Union, Department of Student Activities, Baylor University
Transitions: Career Evolution During a Pandemic | December 1, 3 p.m. Eastern

Many people have seen their career plans affected by the pandemic and other recent events. From new graduates entering a volatile workforce to furloughed staff to those starting new jobs during extreme circumstances, professionals have found their expectations are not matching with our current reality. This webinar focuses on managing transitions in your career. Topics covered include how your career plan might have changed as a result of recent events, how our jobs are changing, and how high-risk staff are navigating tough decisions.

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About the Presenters
  • Ann Comerford, Executive Director Student Union, University of Illinois–Springfield 
  •  Daniel Maxwell, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs University of Houston System, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Houston 
  •  Dave Barnes, Director, University Unions, James Madison University

Upcoming Online Courses

ACUI offers online courses that allow you to obtain a badge or micro-credential to demonstrate competence in a specified skill set and receive recognition for continuing your education and advancing your career.

Courses cost $199 for members and $259 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is one week prior to start date.

Online Accessibility (Ongoing)

This training covers a variety of online communication methods, and how to make each more accessible. Covered topics include websites, PDFs, e-communications, and video.

This is a mini-course that only costs $99! This is a self-paced program, has no set dates, and does not require you to connect with faculty or peers. 

Please note, this course is structured so that students can participate as part of their virtual employment.

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Social Media and Modern Marketing (September 29–November 15)

This training is a foundational course in different social media platforms that our students engage in. Learn about each platform and the ideal target audience and marketing strategies associated with each.

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Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Effective Use of Social Media
  • Avoiding Common Mistakes
  • Crisis Communication
  • Marketing for All Budgets
  • Organization and Analytics

Subject Matter Experts
  • Liz Rockstroh, University of Texas–San Antonio
  • Tara Benson, Missouri State University
  • Julie Moore, Missouri State University
Budget Development (September 29–November 15)

The purpose of this course is to develop foundational budget development skills and knowledge in newer professionals within the college unions and student activities profession.

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Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Budget Development
  • Types of Budgets
  • Data, Assessment, Strategy, Creativity
  • Systems and Tools
  • Capital Projects, Cap Planning, and More
  • Communication and Marketing of Budgets

Subject Matter Experts
  • Lori Hill, University of Delaware
  • Benjamin Perlman, Emory University
  • Dean Smith, East Carolina University
  • Leslie Heusted, Washington University in St. Louis
Building Management 101 (September 29–November 15)

The purpose of this course is to develop building management skills and knowledge in students within the college unions and student activities profession.

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Topics covered include:

  • Emergency and Risk Management
  • People Skills
  • Daily Operations
  • Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Career Development

Subject Matter Experts
  • Kaitlyn Howarth, William Paterson University
  • Carol Hill, Lehigh University
  • Taylor Church, Appalachian State University
  • Stephen McCay, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Omar Garcia, University of South Florida
Contracting (TBD)

This training will provide valuable content related to developing, negotiating, and executing contracts on behalf of a union at public and private institutions. Topics covered will include activities/events contracts, tenant agreements, facilities/service provider contracts, and banquet event orders, as well as signature authority, involving students, and mediation.

Subject Matter Experts
  • Jason Levy, Director, Student Centers & Conferences, Temple University
  • Zane Reif, Senior Director, Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University
  • Susan Pile, Senior Director, University Unions and Auxiliary Services, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Find Out What to Expect from an Online Course

Participants should complete the work in the week it is scheduled. Participants must reach out to the instructor of that module to request an exception.

Course Format

These courses consist of six to eight weeks of online learning. Some aspects are asynchronous (done on your own time) and some are synchronous (done as a class).

Courses includes high engagement, not only with the content, but also with your peers and faculty. Assignments and knowledge checks are included throughout the course. In addition to reading and viewing content, students will engage in class discussions through discussion boards and attend regularly scheduled virtual classroom sessions in real time. These virtual classroom sessions will be recorded for those for whom attendance is not possible.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and digital badge.

Method of Evaluation and Grading Policy

The final grade will be based both on the assignments and participation. Participation includes completion of all aspects of the course, full participation in the discussions, and attendance or viewing of virtual classroom sessions. Faculty will grade all assignments and provide feedback.

Netiquette Expectations

It is expected that all participants actively participate in the Discussion Board and Virtual Classroom and that all participants are respectful to each other and adhere to all ACUI policies.

Prerequisite/Technical Requirements

There are no prerequisites for courses, but a computer with high-speed Internet connection will be required to submit and participate in course activities. A webcam is strongly encouraged for virtual classroom meetings.

Program Evaluation and Feedback

You will be contacted mid-course to collect feedback on your experience with the course. You will also be able to fill out the survey at the end of the course with opinions on the program and suggestions on how we can improve going forward. Please take notes as you go through this program and share with us your perspective on how we can better serve you in future.