CAS has developed 50 sets of functional area standards and 3 cross-functional frameworks for higher education programs and services. Users can order CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education book (2023, Version 11), which includes general standards for practice and functional area standards, from the CAS online store. As part of Version 11, CAS has updated all functional area standards and accompanying self-assessment guides (SAGs); in addition, several new sets of individual functional areas are included for the first time, and many others have been significantly revised. The newest SAGs, which include a revised structure and rating scale, provide individuals and institutions with means for assessing program and service effectiveness based on the standards (available as downloadable electronic documents from the online CAS store).

functional area standards are defined as "The set of specific standards and guidelines, with the embedded general standards, that apply to one functional area program or service. Often referred to as the CAS Standards for (insert functional area name)." (CAS, 2023). As of 2023, there are 50 sets of CAS functional area standards.

cross-functional frameworks are defined as "An approach for addressing emerging, evolving, and ongoing issues or topics from a multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective through teams of higher education professionals from different fields or functional areas." (CAS, 2023).

self-assessment guides (SAGs) are defined as "an operational version of the CAS standards and guidelines designed to provide users with an assessment tool that can be used for self-study or self-assessment purposes. A SAG is available for each functional area for which a CAS standard exists" (CAS, 2023)

A complete list of the current functional areas with CAS standards is below:

Academic Advising Programs
Alcohol and Other Drug Programs
Assessment Services
Auxiliary Services Functional Areas
Campus Activities Programs
Campus Credential Programs and Services
Campus Police and Public Safety
Campus Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Programs
Career Services
Case Management Services
Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Programs
Clinical Health Services
College Honor Society Programs
College Unions: Programs, Services, & Community Center
Collegiate Information and Visitor Services
Collegiate Recreation Programs
Conference and Event Programs
Counseling Services
Dining Services Programs
Disability Resources and Services
Esports Programs
Education Abroad Programs and Services
Financial Aid Programs
Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs
Graduate and Professional Student Programs and Services
Health Promotion Services
Housing and Residential Life Programs
Indigenous Student Affairs
International Student Programs and Services
Internship Programs
Leadership Education and Development
Learning Assistance Programs
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Programs and Services
Master's Level Higher Education and Student Affairs Professional Prep Programs
Multicultural Student Programs and Services
New Student Orientation Programs
Parent and Family Programs
Post-Traditional and Commuter Student Programs and Services
Registrar Services
Sexual Violence-Related Programs and Services
Student Conduct Programs
Student Media Programs
Sustainability Programs
Testing Programs and Services
Transfer Student Programs and Services
TRIO and College Access Programs
Undergraduate Admissions Programs and Services
Undergraduate Research Programs
Veterans and Military-Connected Programs and Services
Women's and Gender Programs and Services

Additionally, CAS has developed the following cross-functional frameworks (not included in the 10th Edition of CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education):

     Advancing Health and Well-Being
     First-Year Experience
     Identifying and Responding to Behavioral Concerns

During the years in between editions of CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, newly revised standards and SAGs are available for purchase as supplements to the CAS book, by visiting and

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). (2023). CAS Glossary.