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ERIC Number: ED537419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
"CAS" Characteristics of Individual Excellence for Professional Practice in Higher Education
Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
Defining competencies of student affairs and other professionals in higher education who plan, implement, and offer programs and services is the mark of a maturing profession. This document seeks to define a list of necessary attributes for professionals in higher education that is broader than competencies and includes other markers of professionalism. These characteristics of excellence can be used in an evaluative format, both self evaluation and in the context of "360 degree" (Tornow, London, & Associates, 1998) or supervisory format. In either case, this document is intended to be used in collaboration and discussion with a supervisor, supervisees, students, and/or colleagues. From these discussions an individual professional development plan can be created and then movement toward accomplishing that plan can be evaluated. Evaluating individual professional practice in higher education requires the identification of ideal performance characteristics that describe excellence in professional practice. This document has evolved from multi-faceted professional competencies that are inherent in the purpose, development, and application of the CAS Standards and Guidelines. It assumes a philosophy and practice of life-long learning and professional development shared by individual practitioners and their institutions. Characteristics are grouped into: (1) General Knowledge and Skills; (2) Interactive Competencies; and (3) Self Mastery.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)