Council For the Advancement of Higher Education

CAS, the acronym used for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education established in 1979, is a consortium of professional associations concerned with the development and promulgation of professional standards and guidelines for student learning and personal development support programs and services in institutions of higher learning.


CAS was established over a quarter century ago for purposes of developing and promulgating standards of professional practice to guide higher education practitioners and their institutions, especially in regard to work with college students.

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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 derives its authority from the prestige and traditional influence of its member associations and from the consensus of those members in establishing requirements for high-quality practice.

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The CAS Process

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) ultimate purpose is to foster and enhance student learning, development, and achievement and in general to promote good citizenship, CAS continues to create and deliver a dynamic line of products that are designed to lead to a host of quality-controlled programs and services.

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Board Members & Officers

CAS Board Members & and Officers

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Member Associations

Individuals and institutions from nearly 40 CAS member organizations comprise a professional constituency of more than 100,000 professionals.

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