National Association of Colleges and Employers
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is a nonprofit professional association established in 1956 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for college career services and recruiting practitioners and others interested in the employment of the college educated.
Currently, more than 5,200 college career services practitioners at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities and more than 3,000 HR professionals focused on college relations and recruiting hold membership in NACE.
Ethics and professional standards
NACE members operate under the association's Principles for Professional Conduct, its code of ethics. The association provides its career services members with guidelines for their operations through the Professional Standards for College & University Career Services and employer members through Professional Standards for University Relations and Recruiting.
NACE conducts research into four main areas: 1) benchmarks for members on their operations and professional practices; 2) the hiring outlook for new college graduates; 3) starting salary offers to new college graduates; and 4) student attitudes about careers, the job search, and employers.
Publications and events
NACE publishes a quarterly journal and biweekly newsletter for its members. It also publishes the annual Job Choices magazine series for college students and new graduates.
NACE hosts an annual conference, a five-day training management program for career services professionals (the Management Leadership Institute), workshops, and virtual seminars.