Purchasing CAS Materials

CAS publishes two versions of its standards, one in text format and another in workbook format for self-assessment. The book CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education is sometimes known as the "CAS Blue Book." It provides an introduction to CAS, its mission, initiatives, and the principles upon which it was founded. Individual functional area standards accompanied by introductory contextual statements are included, along with the CAS Learning and Development Outcomes, the CAS Characteristics of Individual Excellence, and the CAS Statement of Shared Ethical Principles.

In addition, for use in programmatic self-studies, there is a CAS Self-Assessment Guide (SAG) for each set of standards. These assessment workbooks include the standards and guidelines along with a series of “criterion measure” statements used to judge the level of program compliance with the standard.

All available CAS publications, along with current costs and payment options, are listed on the CAS Online Store. They may also be purchased from the CAS national office: P.O. Box 750, Cabot, AR 72023. Current publications include CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (10th Ed.) and the SAGs; packaged sets are also available. The FALDOs and "Implementing a Program Review of a Multi-Functional Area (MFA)" also are available as a downloadable PDF.

Common Responses to Questions Regarding CAS Purchases

We would be happy to help you with your CAS purchase. You may request assistance in advance or after the purchase by contacting executive_director@cas.edu. Please provide your name, institution, address, email address, telephone number, date of purchase and the order number (if available).

CAS orders require prepayment. We prefer you place your order using a credit card via the CAS Online Store (Visa or MasterCard accepted). CAS also accepts checks, mailed to the CAS office (P.O. Box 750, Cabot, AR 72023) with an accompanying order form. If your institution requires another approach, please peruse the troubleshooting questions below.

1. Do you take purchase orders?
Unfortunately, the CAS office and processing systems are not equipped to manage purchase orders. You may request a pro forma invoice by contacting executive_director@cas.edu.

2. Can I get an invoice and/or receipt?
You may request an invoice in advance or after the purchase by contacting executive_director@cas.edu. Please provide your name, institution, address, email address, telephone number, and item(s) you wish to order. If you are seeking a paid invoice, provide date of purchase and the order number.

3. Can I get a copy of a CAS W-9?
Download the CAS W-9 by clicking here (CAS W-9 Form).

4. What are the costs for the most up-to-date CAS materials?
Each copy of the CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (10th edition) book is $99.00 USD (when purchasing 1-9 copies). If ordering 10 or more copies of the book, the cost per book is $70.00. There are no additional discounted rates for booksellers or stores. The complete set of Self-Assessment Guides retails for $459.00. CAS offers a discounted rate of $549.00 for purchase of a packaged set, which includes both the CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (10th edition) and the complete set of Self-Assessment Guides. Individual functional area Self-Assessment Guides at $65.00 each. Individual sets of standards are available for $40.00 each. A downloadable copy of the FALDOs is $35.00.

Shipping and handling costs are added to these prices based on current USPS Ground Shipping rates. CAS does not charge sales tax.

5. What are the ISBN numbers for the CAS book?
The ISBN for the print version of CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (10th edition) is: 978-0-9659337-1-1
The ISBN for the eBook version of CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (10th edition) is: 978-0-9659337-2-8

6. Can you fix the problem I’m having with my online order (e.g., need a password)?
Even if you have purchased from CAS previously, our current storefront does not necessarily require a login or password. Only CAS representatives and CAS annual subscribers require a login to secure portions of the website.

7. What is the status of my order? Has it shipped, and when will I receive it?
Fulfillment of CAS orders is managed by a printing company external to the CAS office. Typically, orders are processed within two business days and are shipped via UPS Ground. Please allow for 7-10 days between the time you place your order and its delivery to you.

If you order by mail or fax, please add an additional week for processing.

8. I need to return CAS materials. What is the process for doing so?
CAS will refund current editions of the book, CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, that are in *new* condition and have not purchased in bulk (fewer than 10 copies purchased in order for return). Refunds will be issued by check or by a credit to institutional credit cards. Please note there will be a “restocking” fee of 25% on all books returned (e.g., $74.25 will be refunded for a return of one regularly priced CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education book). Also, note any editions earlier than the current 10th edition are not returnable.

Bulk orders are not eligible for returns. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to make sure you are ordering the correct items and the correct quantities before placing your order.

To return the book for a partial refund, contact executive_director@cas.edu. Provide your method of payment (e.g., check or credit card number, name, and expiration date). You can mail the book to the CAS office at: P.O. Box 750, Cabot, AR 72023. Purchasers returning a book are responsible for shipping costs. Refunds are issued upon receipt of the book.