TAGS: competencies, ethics, standards
NACE provides a strong foundation for professionals focused on the career development and employment of college graduates. This foundation includes ethical principles, professional standards for operations, and professional competencies for individual practitioners.
- A principle is “a fundamental truth that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.” – Oxford Dictionaries
The NACE Principles provide the ethical framework on which all those involved in the career development and employment of college graduates can base their operations and interactions.
The Principles are not policies in and of themselves, but can inform the development of policies to ensure ethical practice.
Refer to the NACE Principles when:
- A standard is a “level of quality or attainment.” - Oxford Dictionaries
The Professional Standards constitute the processes, policies, and procedures as they apply to the career services operation.
The Professional Standards identify the practices the institution should follow to ensure a sound operation. They facilitate the creation, maintenance, and delivery of programs, resources, and services, and they foster improvement, innovation, and excellence in all of these.
The Standards themselves are divided into two categories: minimum and best practices. Minimum standards are essential for all institutions and are designated as “must” practices. Best practice standards are processes and so forth that institutions should consider to improve or enhance their operations. They are designated as “should” practices.
The Professional Standards address 13 dimensions associated with career services operations, including mission, program components, facilities, and financial resources.
Refer to the Professional Standards when:
Please note: In addition to the Professional Standards, which focus on the career services operation, there are standards and protocols for the NACE First-Destination Survey. These are separate from the Professional Standards and are specific to the survey.
- A competency is “the ability to do something successfully or efficiently.” - Oxford Dictionaries
The Professional Competencies address the individual practitioner and provide a roadmap to professional excellence. They identify critical skill sets at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels across eight functional areas, such as career coaching, advising, and counseling; information management; and program and event administration.
Refer to the Professional Competencies when:
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of FTE professional staff
Median number of students per professional staff member
Percent of budget spent on personnel costs
Percent of career centers with employer partnership programs
Percent of career center leaders with title “executive director”
2019-20 Career Services Benchmark Survey Report