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    The CAS process has provided a great framework for our Division to do self-assessment of our department programs and services. Our self-assessment utilizing CAS has empowered us to promote student learning/development and continuous improvement of the programs/services we offer our students. -Dr. Frank R. Lamas
    Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Texas Arlington

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    Feedback from the departments at the University of North Texas indicates that the CAS process brought their staff members closer together and helped them feel a common purpose. The Standards give our staff professional goals to attain that they know are created by members of their own professional associations. -Jan Hillman, Ed.D.
    Executive Director, Planning and Assessment for Student Development, UNT National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

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    NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising supports the use of the CAS Standards and Guidelines. Using these standards serves to promote continuous improvement of programs and services, resulting in our ultimate goal of student success. -Eric R. White
    Associate Dean for Advising, The Pennsylvania State University

  • Dartmouth College Quote

    The CAS standards were an invaluable tool for as we assessed our ability to support students academically across eight departments within our division. -Gavin Henning
    Dartmouth College

  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland Quote

    As both a professional staff member and a faculty member teaching in a Higher Education graduate program, I have found CAS to be useful at guiding our work, providing a framework to explore best practices, and setting priorities. The CAS standards are comprehensive, and provide a common set of standards for departments and functional areas that work closely with students. -Laura A. Bayless
    Dean of Students, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Professional Services

filler ImageThe Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) has been the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs since its inception in 1979. For the ultimate purpose of fostering and enhancing student learning, development, and achievement and in general to promote good citizenship, CAS continues to create and deliver a dynamic and credible Book of Professional Standards and Guidelines and Self-Assessment Guides that are designed to lead to a host of quality-controlled programs and services.

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Mission Statement

CAS was founded to implement several profession-wide initiatives, with emphasis on the development and promulgation of professional standards. As CAS evolved, its raison d’être shifted as well. The following reflects the contemporary CAS mission.

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CAS Members

  • nacas_large

    National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS)

  • node_large

    National Orientation Directors Association(NODA)

  • naca_large

    National Association for Campus Activities(NACA)

  • women_large

    National Women’s Studies Association(NWSA)

  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators(IACLEA)

    International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators(IACLEA)

  • Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)

    Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)

  • acee_large

    American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE)

  • Association of Collegiate Conference & Events Directors-Int’l (ACCED-I)

    Association of Collegiate Conference & Events Directors-Int’l (ACCED-I)

  • Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA)

    Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA)

  • Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)

    Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)

  • NAFSA – Association of International Educators(NAFSA)

    NAFSA – Association of International Educators(NAFSA)

  • National Association of College and University Food Services(NACUFS)

    National Association of College and University Food Services(NACUFS)

  • National Association of College Stores(NACS)

    National Association of College Stores(NACS)

  • acca_large

    American College Counseling Association (ACCA)

  • Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)

    Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)

  • acpa_large

    American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

  • nade_large

    National Association for Developmental Education(NADE)

  • net_large

    The Network: Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues(The Network)

  • crL_large

    College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)

  • acui_large

    Association of College Unions International (ACUI)

  • consort_large

    Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals(Consortium)

  • acuho_large

    Association of College and University Housing Officers — International (ACUHO-I)

  • Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA)

    Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA)

  • nccp_large

    National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs(NCLP)

  • National Association of Student Affairs Professionals(NASAP)

    National Association of Student Affairs Professionals(NASAP)

  • civsa_large

    Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association (CIVSA)

  • National Association of College Stores(NACS)

    National Association of College Stores(NACS)

  • National Association of Colleges and Employers(NACE)

    National Association of Colleges and Employers(NACE)

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    American College Health Association (ACHA)

  • Southern Association for College Student Affairs(SACSA)

    Southern Association for College Student Affairs(SACSA)

  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators(NASFAA)

    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators(NASFAA)

  • nirsa_Large

    National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association(NIRSA)

  • naspa_large

    National Association of Student Personnel Administrators(NASPA)

  • National Council on Student Development(NCSD)

    National Council on Student Development(NCSD)

  • ahead_large

    Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

  • nafee_large

    National Society for Experiential Education(NSEE)

  • nacada_large

    NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising(NACADA)

  • coe_large

    Council for Opportunity in Education (COE)

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