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.
A companion workbook—The NACE Professional Standards Workbook—is available to those who wish to evaluate their career services offices against the standards. (NACE members: A free copy of the workbook is available in MyNACE.)
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 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