Understanding CACUSS Competencies: Theory to Practice

In July 2016 the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) released the CACUSS Student Affairs and Services Competency Model. While the role of a SAS professional varies by campus, institution, and province/territory, the core of the work is supporting student growth and development through the pursuit of post-secondary studies. The competency model addresses the skills, knowledge and attitudes required across all areas of SAS in Canada in 11 competency areas.

This pre-conference workshop will introduce the competency model and its applications through project-based learning. Participants in this pre-conference workshop will begin working with the competencies to design a project to meet a need in their unit, department, institution, province, or profession. At the end of the pre-conference workshop, participants will leave with a shared folder of ideas, project plans, and first drafts to adapt, use, and share at home.

Pre-Conference Workshop outcomes:

By the end of the Pre-Conference Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and locate the CACUSS Student Affairs and Services Competency Model;
  • Generally describe the competency model and its potential applications;
  • Use the competency model to self-assess professional competencies;
  • Use the competencies to write learning outcomes and objectives to guide a project idea; and
  • Organize and construct a project plan, using the competencies as a guide.

To register (additional $25 fee), visit: http://member.aacuss.ca/event-2406890

Presenter bio:

Megan MacKenzie is the Manager of Professional Development and Member Engagement at the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS). In her role at CACUSS, she uses with the CACUSS Student Affairs and Services Competency Model to design and offer professional development opportunities for members, supports the Communities of Practice in identifying and achieving their objectives, collaborates with the Annual Conference Program Committee, and supports member-driven initiatives.

Megan previously worked in residence life, experiential and community-engaged learning programs, leadership education, and instructional design at institutions in PEI, Ontario, and British Columbia. She also has teaching experience and has taught in the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Arts, and Student Success Program at UPEI.

Megan is a graduate of UPEI and MUN and is currently in that “happy place” where the inevitable desire to start a PhD has not yet surfaced. In her spare time Megan runs half marathons, knits sweaters, and reads any book she can get her hands on.