NACCU Campus Credential Programs and Services Standards (CCPS) approved by CAS

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Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) approves the NACCU Campus Credential Programs and Services Standards (CCPS)

On Monday, July 18, 2022, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) approved the NACCU Campus Credential Programs and Services Standards (CCPS).

Founded in 1979, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs. CAS creates and delivers dynamic, credible standards, guidelines, and Self-Assessment Guides that are designed to lead to a host of quality programs and services. CAS aims to foster and enhance student learning, development, and achievement.

CAS Standards respond to student needs, the requirements of sound pedagogy, and the effective management of 48 (now 49!) functional areas and 3 cross-functional areas. Individuals and institutions from over 40 CAS member organizations comprise a constituency of over 115,000 professionals. Representing a significant majority of higher education practitioners in student programs and services throughout the country and beyond, CAS provides tools to higher education leaders assessing institutional effectiveness, student learning, and outcomes.

Inclusion in the CAS portfolio will allow NACCU members to compare their operations to established industry standards to help garner resources, institutional recognition and provide high levels of service to their students and campuses.

Earning this distinction has been a complex and demanding process. CAS requires rigorous but fair demonstrations of an organization’s commitment to professional standards and their application. It was noted with appreciation that NACCU already has a culture of assessment within the organization due to the internal Standards and Self-Assessment Guidelines (SAGs) program developed over the years.    Dan Bureau, Past President of CAS commented “This functional area plays a very important role in the larger information technology systems that take place across the institution.”

Special thanks to CAS CCPS Chair Laurie Harris from Duke University for leading the review process for NACCU, and Dan Bureau for his expertise and guidance, along with subject matter experts Alicia Barnes, Illinois Institute of Technology; Jeanine Brooks, The University of Alabama; Anthony Condo, Swarthmore College; Jeff Nelson, NACS; John Younk, University of Alberta; Susan Hornung, Carroll University and Jörrun Liston, NACCU for their expertise, insights and dedication.  Several members of the CAS Council also contributed and strengthened the standards through numerous questions, suggestions and edits during the collaborative reviews.

A late fall release by CAS is expected, pending development of the self-assessment guidelines that will accompany the CCPS standards.