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


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The President's Corner  with Laura A. Dean, CAS Past-President

As CAS celebrates its 35th anniversary, we look back in recognition of how far we have come and forward in anticipation of all that is ahead. In 1979, CAS was founded as a consortium of 11 professional associations, representing traditional student affairs areas. The philosophy of self-assessment was created as an alternative to traditional accreditation, and it has withstood the test of time, even as assessment has grown from an afterthought to a primary tenet in how we approach our work. Today, CAS still operates as a consortium of associations, and the 39 member organizations reflect a wide range of student-oriented functions across institutions.

Our students grow and change when they encounter the right balance of challenge and support. CAS is no different. We are challenged to reimagine how we make our materials available quickly for users, to cultivate relationships with our member organizations while reaching new audiences, to connect CAS users with each other for networking, to continue producing strong professional standards of practice that are informed by multiple perspectives, and to help users implement and assess standards. Challenges abound, but support is strong from dedicated CAS Board members, graduate faculty members who incorporate CAS in their curricula, and practitioners who use CAS to guide their work. We look forward to exploring opportunities ahead and, as our mission says, to promoting improvement of programs and services to enhance the quality of student learning and development.