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Career Planning and Development at Purdue

Career planning is a joint responsibility shared between a supervisor, a staff member and area leadership. The department of Leadership and Organizational Development coordinates the following programs across the West Lafayette campus:

Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE)

To be a candidate for the ACE program, clerical staff must submit an application for admittance along with a supervisor’s recommendation. Approximately 24 participants are admitted to the program each year. Successful candidates begin a two-year curriculum designed to accelerate skill development and networking opportunities across the University.

The application for the ACE 36 class is available here.

Council for Manager Development (CMD)

To be a candidate for the CMD program, administrative and professional staff must be nominated by a vice president, dean or a University leader. Up to 23 appointments are made by the Executive Vice President for Business, Finance, and Treasurer each year. Appointees to the program enter a two-year developmental experience designed to widen the participant’s understanding of Purdue and its many parts. Nominations for CMD are made in June of each year.



Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC) / Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee (CSSAC)

Participants make a three-year commitment and join staff (administrative and professional, or clerical and service) from across the West Lafayette campus to learn about Purdue policies and culture, and engage University leaders to provide their individual perspective and feedback concerning key opportunities and challenges facing the University. Upon graduating from the APSAC or CSSAC program, participants are positioned to better understand how key decisions are made across Purdue. Get more information about APSAC or explore CSSAC.