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 41 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 will suspend sales of eighth edition materials on March 30, 2015
CAS will suspend all sales of its current publications effective March 30, 2015, and will start taking orders for its new publications to be released in August 2015. 

CAS welcomes two new member organizations

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is pleased to welcome the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) to its membership. CAS was founded 35 years ago as a consortium of 11 associations; today, 41 professional organizations reflecting a wide range of student-oriented functions across higher education institutions comprise the CAS membership.

CAS Secretary Doug Lange honored by AFA

Dean of Students at the Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville and long-time CAS Secretary Doug Lange was recently recognized at the Annual Meeting for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) for his years of dedication and service.

CAS Member Organizations


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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!