Division of Student Affairs is proud to offer a wide-range of Professional Development opportunities through many of our departments and campus-wide affiliates. These opportunities are categorized into the NASPA/ACPA professional competency areas and will assist staff in focusing on specific areas each semester/year. The Professional Competencies include the following areas:
Advising and Helping
Assessment, Evaluation and Research
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Ethical Professional Practice
History, Philosophy and Values
Human and Organizational Resources
Law Policy and Government
Student Leadership and Development
The Advising and Helping competency area addresses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to providing counsel and advising support, direction, feedback, critique, referral, and guidance to individuals and groups.
The Assessment, Evaluation, and Research competency area (AER) focuses on the ability to use, design, conduct, and critique qualitative and quantitative AER analyses; to manage organizations using AER processes and the results obtained from them; and to shape the political and ethical climate surrounding AER processes and uses on campus.
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) competency area includes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to create learning environments that are enriched with diverse views and people. It is also designed to create an institutional ethos that accepts and celebrates differences among people, helping to free them of any misconceptions and prejudices.
The Ethical Professional Practice competency area pertains to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to understand and apply ethical standards to one’s work. While ethics is an integral component of all the competency areas, this competency area focuses speciﬁcally on the integration of ethics into all aspects of self and professional practice.
The History, Philosophy, and Values competency area involves knowledge, skills, and attitudes that connect the history, philosophy, and values of the profession to one’s current professional practice. This competency area embodies the foundations of the profession from which current and future research and practice will grow. The commitment to demonstrating this competency area ensures that our present and future practices are informed by an understanding of our history, philosophy, and values.
The Human and Organizational Resources competency area includes knowledge, skills, and attitudes used in the selection, supervision, motivation, and formal evaluation of staff; conflict resolution; management of the politics of organizational discourse; and the elective application of strategies and techniques associated with financial resources, facilities management, fundraising, technology use, crisis management, risk management, and sustainable resources. The Human and Organizational Resources competency area includes knowledge, skills, and attitudes used in the selection, supervision, motivation, and formal evaluation of the elective application of strategies the elective application of strategies and techniques associated with ﬁnancial resources, facilities management, fundraising, technology use, crisis management, risk management, and sustainable resources.
- Blood Borne Pathogens
- Budget Policy and Procedure
- Classification and Compensation
- Disciplinary Action
- Employee Assistance Program
- Fire Safety
- Financial Records System
- Grievance Policy
- Leave Reporting and Contracts
- Office Safety and Ergonomics
Law, Policy and Governance competency area includes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes relating to policy development processes used in various contests, the application of legal constructs, and the understanding of governance structures and their effect on one's professional practice.
- FERPA Compliance
- Clery Act
- HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)
- Title IX compliance
The Leadership competency area addresses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of a leader, whether it be a positional leader or a member of the staff, in both an individual capacity and within a process of how individuals work together effectively to envision, plan, effect change in organizations and respond to internal and external constituencies and issues.
The Personal Foundations competency area involves the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to maintain emotional, physical, social, environmental, relational, spiritual, and intellectual wellness; be self-reflective; maintain excellence and integrity in work; be comfortable with ambiguity; be aware of one's own areas of strength and growth; have a passion for work; and remain curious. Know your own strengths and challenges, seek out educational opportunities in specific areas such as: Time Management, Interaction Skills for Success, Preparing for Tomorrow.
The Student Learning and Development competency area addresses the concepts and principles of student development and learning theory. This includes the ability to apply theory to improve student affairs practice, as well as understanding teaching and training theory and practice.