Professional Competencies

The AACRAO Professional Competencies and Proficiencies help members design professional development pathways for career advancement. 

The Competencies consist of the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are necessary for all AACRAO professionals irrespective of their role at their institutions, while the Proficiencies describe the specific knowledge and skills required to excel in the professions of  Admissions, Enrollment Management, and Records & Academic Services.

The Competencies & Proficiencies have been designed to be used in a variety of ways, including: 
  • Crafting professional development plans for individuals or teams; 
  • Self-assessment and benchmarking individual professional development; 
  • Drafting position descriptions and evaluating office functions 
We envision the AACRAO Competencies and Proficiencies to be a living resource that will continue to evolve parallel to the demands of our professions in a dynamic higher education environment.

If you would like to make a suggestion for a future version, contact us at competencies@aacrao.org.

The sections below identify the Proficiencies needed to be successful in each field.