MLMI Rationale

  • Pope, Reynolds, and Mueller (2004) noted, “There appears to be a lack of consensus in the field regarding the core competencies for effective student affairs practice…there is a strong compelling need for the student affairs profession to become more competency based than it is” (p. 8).
  • There has been no process for creating a consensus of the skills and knowledge necessary for students affairs work. Consequently, there is no profession-wide understanding or distribution of these competencies.
  • Values of the student affairs profession stress the importance of lifelong learning and continual professional development. Divisions of Student Affairs could greatly benefit from this when planning professional development activities for their entire student affairs staffs. (ACPA Task Force on Student Affairs Certification, 2006)

Pope, R. L., Reynolds, A. L., & Mueller, J. A. (2004). Multicultural competence in student affairs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass