Objectives Contract

Below, please list the objectives you and your mentee have agreed upon, including a measurable outcome from which the completion of each objective can be assessed. Identify the specific Student Affairs Competency associated with this objective.

Objective #1

SA Competency

Objective #2

SA Competency

Objective #3

SA Competency

We agree to meet once a week for four weeks, followed by a minimum of one monthly meeting for the duration of one year. Although we will jointly submit a report outlining the completion of the above identified objectives/competencies, the content of our discussions will remain confidential to the extent allowed by legal constraints.

Student Affairs Competencies Definitions

Advising and Helping — addresses knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to providing counseling and advising support, direction, feedback, critique, referrals, and guidance to individuals and groups.

Assessment, Evaluation, and Research — focuses on the ability to use, design, conduct, and critique qualitative and quantitative AER analyses, to manage organizations using AER processes and the results obtained from them; and to shape the political and ethical climate surrounding AER…on campus.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion — includes the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to create learning environments…enriched with diverse views and people…designed to create an institutional ethics that accepts and celebrates differences among people…to free them of any misconceptions and prejudices.

Ethical Professional Practice — knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand and apply ethical standards to ones’ work…specifically on the integration of ethics into all aspects of self and professional practice.

History, Philosophy, and Values — connect the history, philosophy, and values of the profession to one’s current professional practice…embodies the foundations of the profession from which current and future research and practice will grow.

Human and Organizational Resources — knowledge, skills, and attitudes used in the selection, supervision, motivation, and formal evaluation of staff; conflict resolution; management of the politics of organizational discourse, and the effective application of strategies and techniques associated with financial resources, facilities management, fundraising, technology use, crisis management, risk management, and sustainable resources.

Law, Policy, and Governance — knowledge, skills, and attitudes relating to policy development processes used in various contexts, the application of legal constructs, and the understanding of governance structures and their effect on one’s professional practice.

Leadership — knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of a leader, whether it be a positional leader or a member of the staff, in both an individual capacity and within a proves of who individuals work together effectively to envision, plan, effect change in organizations, and respond to internal and external constituencies and issues.

Personal Foundations — to maintain emotional, physical, social, environmental, relational, spiritual, and intellectual wellness; be self-directed and self-reflective; maintain excellence and integrity in work; be comfortable with ambiguity, be aware of one’s own areas of strength and growth; have a passion for work; and remain curious.

Student Learning and Development — addresses the concepts and principles of student development and learning theory…includes the ability to apply theory to improve and inform student affairs practice, as well as understanding teaching and training theory and practice.

Taken from Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners, a joint publication approved by the Board of Directors for both American College Personnel Association and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators July 24, 2010