The NACE Professional Standards for College and University Career Services facilitate the creation, maintenance, and delivery of programs, resources, and services.
Developed for members by members, the Professional Standards offer career centers the opportunity to assess, develop, and enhance their operations by assessing operations along 13 dimensions.
Revised in 2019 by a task force of NACE member career services professionals, the Professional Standards provide the profession with a foundation on which to ensure excellence. The Professional Standards are free to all.
NACE members who wish to evaluate their career services offices against the standards can access a free copy of the companion workbook: The workbook is available to members in digital format. It can also be downloaded in PDF format.
The NACE Professional Standards Workbook (PDF format) is also for purchase for nonmembers.
Please note: Practitioners may also want to consider the standards provided by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, which can be used as a complement to the NACE Standards.
Percent of institutions conducting First-Destination Surveys
Median number of professional staff
Percent of career centers with employer partnership programs
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
2021-22 Career Services Benchmarks Survey