Becoming a Community within CACUSS

Applications for new/emerging Networks and Communities of Practice and those from any former divisions transitioning to a Network/Community of Practice are due December 8, 2014 to

Application Form

We have created a simple form to request information about new networks or CoPs, their intention, their role within the association, and objectives.

Naming Protocol

Passed by the CACUSS Board of Directors, these simple guidelines help a new network or CoP come up with an identifier. 

What is a Community of Practice?

CACUSS Communities of Practice are the formal professional communities of the association and are based on the concepts of communities of practice[1],. Communities of Practice provide an entry point to the association for new professionals, facilitate professional networking and community for all members, and support the vision and strategic goals of the association by:

  • creating and sharing knowledge,
  • supporting professional networking and connections,
  • fostering and promoting relevant research
  • designing and delivering programs and resources that promote the professional and personal development of our members,
  • identifying issues that require advocacy, and/or
  • identifying trends and key initiatives that could become new organizational priorities.

[1] “A community of practice is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals” Cambrige, D., Kaplan, S., & Suter, V. (2005). Community of Practice Design Guide

. Retrieved May2010, from  (2005)

What is a Network? 

Networks provide a less formal mechanism for members with common interests or roles to discuss shared concerns, challenges and ideas. Networks may be based on regional differences/issues, institutional roles (e.g., new professional through senior student affairs officers) and emerging issues.


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