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 44 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

CAS Releases New Cross-Functional Frameworks
CAS is excited to announce the release of a new product, the Cross-Functional Framework. Two initial frameworks have been released with accompanying Self-Assessment Guides (SAGs): the Cross-Functional Framework for Advancing Health and Well-Being, and the Cross-Functional Framework for First-Year Experiences.

CAS In Memoriam: Memories of Marybeth

Laura Dean, Past President of CAS, shares memories of Dr. Marybeth Drechsler Sharp, who died in June 2018 after serving as CAS Executive Director for the past six years.

Check out Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice 
Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice is a practical text highlighting ways to apply CAS standards and guidelines. Written by faculty and practitioners, the book details how to use CAS to design new programs, develop learning outcomes, address organizational challenges, conduct program reviews, 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?.

See also:
CAS President Gavin Henning launches assessment blog series


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!