Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) is committed to providing professional development and training opportunities to staff.  The purpose of the DSA Staff Training Program is to support and reinforce the Division’s core values (collaboration, commitment, diversity, integrity, and excellence) while preparing staff with the competencies necessary for success as student affairs practitioners. The competency areas addressed through the training are based on the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (ACPA/NASPA, 2015).

The Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners was created as a joint initiative between leaders in the two largest student affairs professional associations, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). These individuals “collaborated to establish a common set of professional competency areas for student affairs educators" (p. 4). 

According to ACPA/NASPA, 2015 "This document is intended to set out the scope and content of professional competencies required of student affairs educators in order for them to succeed within the current higher educational environment as well as projected future environments" (p. 7).  The 10 competency areas, as listed below, "lay out essential knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of all student affairs educators, regardless of functional area or specialization in the field" (p. 7). 

  • Advising and Supporting
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  • Law, Policy, and Governance
  • Leadership
  • Organizational and Human Resources
  • Personal and Ethical Foundations
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Student Learning and Development
  • Technology
  • Values, Philosophy, and History

In alignment with the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competency areas, and the annual DSA needs assessments, various in-person training sessions, webinar viewing opportunities, literature-based discussions, and online learning opportunities are offered yearly to DSA staff members.