Posted June 9, 2011 by Scott Reed 

Building Blocks for Core Competency Basics

Region 14 has taken a major step in featuring and teaching the ACUI core competencies on a new level. In preparation for their 2010 regional conference, they offered a resource series called “Building Blocks” to highlight knowledge, applicability, and responsibilities within the core competencies for college union leaders.

Lead by Connan Campbell, director of student involvement at Washington State University, and Region 14 Education Council Chair, Region 14 has turned the broad language of competencies into tangible, “take home” effectiveness for union employees. The region offered a regular educational series highlighting all eleven competency areas leading up to the 2010 regional conference held in Missoula, Mont. Moreover, the series tied in directly with their conference mission and theme which was “Back to Basics,” making the competency connection even stronger.

In reviewing their competency focused series, which is still available online, you can quickly see the excellent forethought that went into designing a competency resource for each month. Though every competency resource has its unique aspects, several included features such as applicable definitions, relatable examples, and important insight to use in any union. Other areas of the building blocks include additional resources, skills and abilities needed, etc. However, maybe the most relevant aspect is the “Other notes” or “Tips” sections at the end of each resource. These closing areas boiled down the overviews into very tangible ideas on each competency.

In summary, though I value the broad context and language of the competencies, as an International Educational Council member, we can all use more tangible examples to take home and apply in our daily work on campuses. A big kudos for Connan Campbell and Region 14 for their strategic focus of turning the foundational and educational aspects of our profession into applicable, daily workplace ideas.


As part of a series on operationalizing the ACUI core competencies, this post was submitted by Connan Campbell, director of student involvement at Washington State University, and Scott Reed, senior associate director at Virginia Tech.


Scott Reed

Scott Reed is the Associate Director of Student Centers and Activities at Virginia Tech.

Scott oversees and directs services, operations, and facility management needs for four student center buildings. Through this role, he has overseen renovations, served on the campus sustainability committee, led safety planning for the union, and is currently co-chairing a facility management software transition team. A long time member and volunteer for ACUI, Scott received his bachelor’s in sports management from Western Carolina University and his master’s in kinesiology with a concentration in sports and recreation management from James Madison University.


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