Student affairs professionals generally feel a sense of calling to their work, but attrition statistics indicate that there is a significant personal and professional cost associated with this calling. How do individuals become committed to student affairs, and why do they stay committed? The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of several factors on the development and maintenance of organizational commitment among student affairs professionals. Particular attention is being given to middle managers, a subset that consists of professionals who report to a Chief Student Affairs Officer and supervises at least one full-time professional staff member. A conceptual framework which includes organizational politics, organizational support, organizational structure, job satisfaction, individual and work characteristics, and three types of organizational commitment is proposed. Data will be collected from a national survey of student affairs professionals via a web-based survey.