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Core Competencies

The following is a list of competencies for student affairs professionals that align with the recommendations of NASPA and ACPA. The Planning, Assessment, and Professional Development office will offer sessions on each of the following on a revolving basis, each are tailored to fit the culture of our campus.

To see which ones are up next and RSVP to attend, visit our Investing in You professional development program page.

  • University Leadership: Perspectives on Structure, Culture, and Norms
  • Personal and Ethical Foundations of Student Affairs Educators
  • Professional Values, Philosophy, and History of Student Affairs | 9/27/19
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  • Applying Law, Policy, and Governance in Student Affairs | 6/28/19
  • Organizational and Human Resources | 7/26/19
  • Financial Planning and Management | 7/26/19
  • Leadership Skills
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Student Learning and Development
  • Using Technology for Student & Organizational Success | 7/15/20
  • Advising and Supporting Students
  • Internal/External Relations
  • Planning Your Next Professional Move

NOTE: The San Marcos Student Affairs Professional Development Program content is based on the CSUSM Student Affairs Professional Development Initiative Recommendations (Spring 2015), the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education General Standards (2014), ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators (2015), the CSUSM Student Affairs Divisional Survey (Dec. 2013), and the Student Affairs Leadership Team Survey (Feb. 2016).

If you have any questions regarding Student Affairs Core Competences, please email