2015-2016 Career Services Future Model Team
Committee Charge: The strategic landscape, expectations, and outlook for career services are evolving and multiple disparate views are emerging on what career services units should resemble. NACE can and should lend its voice of substance, credibility, authority, and influence to the discussion and simultaneously better educate and prepare its members for self- advocacy.
The Career Services 21st Century Model Team will consider the emerging strategic landscape for higher education and this critical functional area and the related implications for what will be required for practitioner success. Specifically, it will:
• Research and articulate how strategic expectations for traditional career services are evolving and what will be required in the future for relevance, strategic influence, and accountability.
• Propose critical elements of an effective, accountable, relevant, and successful model for career services in the 21st century that lends itself to broad adaptability among higher education institutions. Where appropriate, provide universal definitions and related information to help practitioners understand and be able to include such elements as part of their operations. Recommend a proposed model by April 1, 2015.
• Identify the most common information and skill needs for practitioners in meeting the expectations of the new model (e.g. assessment/accountability, strategic relationships, fund-raising, etc.) expectations on college and university campuses. Articulate related implications for the NACE Professional Standards for College and University Career Services and the NACE Professional Competencies for Career Services Practitioners influenced by new model.
• With the assistance of NACE staff, develop and implement an effective communications strategy surrounding this initiative for practitioners and the broader higher education community.
o Heighten awareness among NACE members about this critical issue. Develop and implement a specific communications plan, e.g. NACE Journal article, blogs, Twitter, etc., that will inform members about the topic and the work of NACE to influence the conversations and provide meaningful impact for our members.
o Offer recommendations on how NACE can influence the adoption of this model among practitioners and help educate career services stakeholders.