Standards

CAS has developed 47 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 (2019, 10th Ed.), which includes general standards for practice and functional area standards, from the CAS online store. As part of the 10th Edition, CAS has updated all functional area standards and accompanying self-assessment guides (SAGs); in addition, standards for several individual functional areas 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). As of 2019, there are 45 sets of CAS functional area standards." (CAS, 2019).

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, 2019).

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, 2019)

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 Information and Visitor Services

     Campus Police and Public Safety Programs**

     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, and Community Center**

     Collegiate Recreation Programs+

     Conference and Event Programs

     Counseling Services**

     Dining Services Programs+

     Disability Resources and Services

     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

     International Student Programs and Services+

     Internship Programs+

     Leadership Education and Development**


     Learning Assistance Programs+

     Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Programs and Services+

     Master’s Level Higher Education and Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs**

     Multicultural Student Programs and Services+

     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

+New or significantly revised since the 9th Edition (2015) 
**New or significantly revised since the 10th Edition (2019)


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 http://bit.ly/standard_new and http://bit.ly/singleSAGs.

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). (2019). CAS Glossary. https://www.cas.edu/glossary