As president and member of the California Community College Student Affairs Association (CCCSAA), I have noticed a very hot topic that has come up on our Email List Serve. There have been a lot of questions and responses around what is the role of student government advisors, what can campuses do when the administration is talking about cutting student life programs as part of the budget cuts, and what will be the future of student affairs on community college campuses.
To help bring awareness about the importance of student life programs, especially on community college campuses and to help advisors advocate more for their programs, the CCCSAA board decided to bring back a document that was developed in 1994 at our Annual Professional Conference. The document is called the California Community College Student Affairs Association Statement of Professional Standards and Competences. The document provides professional standards and competencies for student affairs professionals on community college campuses. The professional standards and competences address management, supervision, and professional development, along with student development and student relationships. The document also includes Student Affairs/Activities minimum standards for hiring Student Affairs/Activities Personnel.
I encourage all student affairs professionals and managers to visit www.cccsaa.org, click on resources to download a copy of the CCCSAA Statement of Professional Standards and Competences. It is an excellent resource. There is a link off my website under Links.