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The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
The CACUSS Identity Project
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  • 1. The CACUSS Identity Project What we have learned Our future
  • 2. About CACUSSFounded in 19711500 members across the countryCurrent structure is by functional divisionYork is an institutional member (YEAH!)Member of AUCC and Council for theAdvancement of Standards What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 3. More about CACUSSAnnual conferenceOngoing PD—webinars/regional workshopsOver $25,000 in grants, bursariesCommuniqué magazine, published 3x yearHigh level of support for new professionalsJob boardCommunities of practice (learn.cacuss.ca)Support for major Canadian Student Affairs initiatives Achieving Student Success National Mental Health Working Group What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 4. History of CACUSS/Identity Project• 1971—CACUSS was formed• 1989—Mission of Student Services• Statement of Guiding Principles• 2008—a core group of professionals wanted to review/update “Mission of Student Services” What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 5. Goals• Review and reflect – Consider current landscape of Student Affairs in Canada• Consult – Get a wide range of member and professional feedback• Renew – Be future focused/change oriented What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 6. CACUSS Identity Project• “Leaders in Learning; Student Affairs in the 21st Century & Implications for the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services”• Outward AND Inward focus• Intended to be a living document, which is utilitarian.• Published by CACUSS and ACPA What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 7. Leaders in LearningContext of Canadian Higher Education Historical context Predominantly Public System Shaped by geography Limited Institutional Differentiation Institutional Autonomy What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 8. Contemporary Issues• Aboriginal Education• Access, Diversity & Inclusion• Globalization• Student Engagement• Accountability What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 9. Purpose and Values of SA in CanadaFunctions: Identify and address barriers orimpediments to participation and success Facilitate active participation in thecampus and wider community Support students in their pursuit ofacademic and personal growth/well-being Build an environment that facilitateslearning, development and purpose. What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 10. Purpose and Values of SA in CanadaCore values• Responsibility to institutional mission• Appreciation of whole student• Respect for difference• Acknowledgement of student autonomy• Focus on student success• Dedication to experiential learning• An emphasis on the common good• Commitment to democratic principles• Orientation to social justice as an outcome What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 11. Emerging trends• Strategic Enrolment Management• Integration• Mental Health & Well-being• Built Environment• Support for Distance Learner• Information Technology What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 12. Role and Future of CACUSSAsked 5 questions:1. What role should CACUSS play in bring profile to our work on a national scale?2. Does CACUSS have the capacity to organize multi- institutional assessment activities?3. How can CACUSS use technology and social media more effectively?4. Does the organizational structure of CACUSS support collaboration in the most effective way?5. Should CACUSS actively support professionalization of student affairs? What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 13. Membership Consultation• Close to 250 professionals from across the country participated in discussions and gave feedback.• Five CSAO roundtables in Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, and the West.• Published in “Developments” and reviewed by colleagues at ACPA. What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 14. What we have learned1. There is broad support for CACUSS to invest inthe creation of a national research/assessmentprogram.2. Members are looking to engage beyond theconference.3. Cautious investment in advocacy; start withstrategic partnerships.4. CACUSS should play a role in definingprofessional competencies. What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 15. What we have learned…5. CACUSS should emphasize a Canadianapproach but should support regionalinfrastructure.6. CACUSS should rethink divisions in favour of anetwork structure giving members multipleopportunities to engage. What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 16. What else we have learned• Engagement of college and other non- university professionals (technical colleges)• Meeting the needs of francophone members What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 17. Structure of CACUSS• Potential for matrix type structure: – Area of Responsibility (what you do) – Level in the Organization (with what responsibility) – Region (where you do it) – Institutional Type (in what context)More inclusiveEngaging senior leadership and new professionalsCross-functional rather than siloedOrganic and flexible What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 18. The future of CACUSS• Strategic PlanningBalance of inward and outward focusOur two most important resources• Membership engagement• Annual conference What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 19. Goals• Professional Development• Research and Outcomes• Knowledge Source• Inclusive Membership• Organizational Development• Advocacy and Influence What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 20. Opportunities to contribute• Town Hall, Fall 2012• Webinars “Careers in Student Affairs”• Communiqué (fall, winter, spring)• Conference presentations• Committees/involvement• Apply for awards and grants What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 21. Feedback/Comments Discussion What else should we be thinking about?Given these findings, what should we be doing as an organization to support you as a professional? What does this mean? What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"
  • 22. Follow us on twitter @cacusstweets What we have learned since "Leaders in Learning"

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