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 student needs, the requirements of sound pedagogy, and the effective management of 45 functional areas. Individuals and institutions from 41 CAS member organizations comprise a constituency of over 115,000 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.

Learn about the redesigned Self-Assessment Guides
In conjunction with the 9th edition of CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, CAS released new tools to help programs and services measure how well they meet the CAS standards. 

News and Notes

Check out Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice 
We're excited to release Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice, a practical text that highlights many ways to apply the CAS standards and guidelines. Written by faculty and practitioners, the book details how CAS can be used to design new programs, develop learning outcomes, address organizational challenges, conduct program reviews, and compile and report on findings. Co-published with our colleagues at NASPA and ACPA, Using the CAS Professional Standards can be purchased at https://www.naspa.org/publications/books/using-the-cas-professional-standards​.

CAS remembers founding president Ted K. Miller

Founding CAS editor and president, Ted Miller, passed away in August 2016. CAS remembers Ted for his many contributions to our association and the field of student affairs at large. "He saw the future," reflected Susan Komives, past CAS president. "And Ted was willing to do the hard work to get us there."

Revised CAS standards for 6 functional areas released
Thoroughly revised standards and self-assessment guides (SAGs) for Campus Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Programs; Collegiate Recreation Programs; Dining Services Programs; Learning Assistance Programs; Multicultural Student Programs and Services; and Undergraduate Research Programs are now available from CAS. Visit our store to place your order today!

CAS Member Organizations


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Did You Know?

In 1979, CAS was established as a consortium - meaning we formed an alliance - of professional associations in higher education. Among the primary goals, member associations were determined to focus on shared values across the field. Consequently, the objectives of CAS are highly focused on professional standards and assessment of practice, which enables members to collaborate around this designated purpose and the processes used to accomplish its mission. Working together for the best interests of the field is in our fabric!