About CAS

Founded in 1979, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs. CAS creates and delivers dynamic, credible standards, guidelines, and Self-Assessment Guides that are designed to lead to a host of quality programs and services. CAS aims to foster and enhance student learning, development, and achievement.

CAS Standards respond to real-time student needs, the requirements of sound pedagogy, and the effective management of 44 functional areas. Individuals and institutions from nearly 40 CAS member organizations comprise a constituency of over 100,000 professionals. Representing a significant majority of higher education practitioners in student programs and services throughout the country and beyond, CAS provides tools to higher education leaders assessing institutional effectiveness, student learning, and outcomes.

News and Notes

CAS Releases Revised Standards for Education Abroad and Financial Aid Programs

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) has released revised standards to provide direction for financial aid and study abroad functional areas in higher education. The new Financial Aid Program standards mark the first revision in more than two decades. SImilarly, the Education Abroad Programs and Services standards reflect important changes in study abroad work. These CAS publications and other materials can be ordered through the CAS online store.
 

CAS and Campus Labs Announce New Working Relationship

We are pleased to announce an exciting, new relationship between the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and Campus Labs. CAS and Campus Labs will be working together to promote the use of data, assessment and self-study for the continued development of quality programs and services that promote learning, development, and achievement in student affairs and student services across higher education.

CAS Member Organizations

ACUI NACAS CACUSS NCLP CMA NACA NASPA ACUHO-I NWSA NACUFS
NCSD ACPA ASCA CRLA IACLEA Consortium NACADA ACCA NACS NODA
               

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The President's Corner  with Deb Garrett, CAS President

As CAS continues to celebrate its 35th anniversary and I begin my tenure as president, I am struck by the massive amount of work we accomplish as a council of volunteers. Creating, revising and promulgating standards along with our self-assessment guides has always been our core function as we have continued to “...promote the improvement of programs and services to enhance the quality of student learning and development” (CAS, 2008).

As we all know, circumstances change and CAS will also change to accommodate the evolving needs of our stakeholders as they attempt to meet the demands of their students and institutions. We are at the point in the development of CAS as an organization to be able to reflect on our history and current practices and have the frank discussions we need to move forward. The priorities rising to the top of our new strategic plan include restructuring our organization, providing a new approach to our standards and self-assessment guides, and creating a “brand” that is unique to CAS. To accomplish all of this, we will continue to rely on our capable Board members and also utilize others from around the world who would like to become involved.

Stay tuned as we prepare for our next 35 years!