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 47 functional areas and 3 cross-functional areas. Individuals and institutions from over 40 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.

News and Notes

10th Edition of CAS Professional Standards Published
On the 40th anniversary of our founding, CAS is pleased to announce the publication of the 10th Edition of CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, a publication that has become a staple for higher education leaders and practitioners.

CAS Releases New Standards for 
Sustainability Programs and Case Management Services

CAS is excited to announce the release of two new sets of standards: Sustainability Programs, developed in partnership with experts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); and Case Management Services, developed in partnership with experts from the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA).

CAS Releases New Cross-Functional Frameworks

CAS has recently released the first three Cross-Functional Frameworks. These initial frameworks include:
- the Cross-Functional Framework for Advancing Health and Well-Being and Self-Assessment Guide
- the Cross-Functional Framework for First-Year Experiences and Self-Assessment Guide
- the Cross-Functional Framework for Identifying and Responding to Behavioral Concerns and Self-Assessment Guide

See also:
- CAS Presidents, past and present, talk about 40 Years of CAS on The HigherEd Live podcast (2019)
- CAS President Gavin Henning launches assessment blog series (2017-2018)

- Check out Using the CAS Professional Standards: Divese Examples of Practice (2017)


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!