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Becki Bury * Heather J. Macon

Various stakeholders including employers, parents, and students have expectations
of campus housing professionals to be adequately prepared to meet student needs.
These expectations led to those in the student
affairs profession to debate what defines
adequately prepared professionals (Cuyjet,
Longwell-Grice, & Molina, 2009). Debates
segued to student affairs professional organizations identifying competencies to be used
for professional development activities such as
staff training. Historically, competency-based
learning approaches were evident in the U.S.
educational system since the 1980s (Aviram,
2010). Competency-based learning approaches
to development and education prompted the
creation of the Professional Competency Areas
of Student Affairs Practitioners (American
College Personnel Association [ACPA] & National Association of Student Personnel Administrators [NASPA], 2010).

METHOD
The authors developed a survey to gather
insight about competency-based training initiatives that was sent electronically to various
student affairs listservs within the southeast region. Because the survey was sent via
listervs, a sample size could not be determined. Representatives from ten institutions
of higher education responded. The survey
included ten questions and required closedand open-ended responses. Participants were
able to select up to eleven competencies that
their institutions used in staff training initiatives. The competency selections provided in
the survey were based on those developed by
professional organizations within student

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Various stakeholders including
employers, parents, and students
have expectations of campus
housing professionals to be
adequately prepared to meet student
needs.

affairs (ACPA & NASPA, 2015). The survey
requested institutions to self-identify the following information:
 Institutional size and type (i.e. public,
private, etc.)
 The number of full-time, live-in staff
employed and years of professional service
in residence life
 Description of departmental philosophy on
training and development
 Competencies used to frame training
initiatives from the following list. All
competencies from ACPA & NASPA (2015)
except as noted otherwise.


Advising



Assessment, Evaluation, and Research



Crisis Management (Association of
College and University Housing OfficersInternational [ACUHO-I], 2018)



Ethical Professional Practice and Personal
Foundations



History, Philosophy, and Values



Human Resources



Law and Policy



Leadership



Social Justice and Inclusion

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