The Professional Standards for College and University Career Services facilitate the creation, maintenance, and delivery of programs, resources, and services.
Developed by a committee of career services professionals, the Professional Standards offer career centers the opportunity to assess, develop, and enhance their operations by assessing operations along 13 dimensions.
Revised in 2016, the Professional Standards are free, and provide the profession with a foundation on which to ensure excellence.
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.
Median number of professional career services staff
Percent of career centers housed in student affairs division
Median square footage of career center
Percent of career centers offering for-credit career classes
Percent of career centers conducting first-destination surveys
2017-18 Career Services Benchmark Survey