The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and CAS Standards and Guidelines for Auxiliary Services Functional Areas (including bookstores)

NACS joined The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) to create a set of CAS Standards and Guidelines for Auxiliary Services Functional Areas (which includes college stores). These standards and guidelines, along with the CAS model of self-assessment and continuous improvement, can be used to guide you in a self-review of your operation and identification of target areas for improvement.

NACS Director to the CAS Board                               NACS Alternate Director

Carol Miller Schaefer, CCR                                       Tony Ellis, CAE

Director, NDSU Bookstore                                        VP, Industry Advancement

North Dakota State University                                  NACS

E-mail: carol.miller@ndsu.edu                                   E-mail: tellis@nacs.org

 
The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)

CAS has been promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs since 1979. The ultimate purpose is to foster and enhance student learning and development through increasingly effective operation and improvement of the programs and services that serve them.
 

CAS creates and maintains a dynamic and credible Book of Professional Standards and Guidelines and "Self-Assessment Guides" that are designed to respond to real-time student needs and effective management of functional areas, consistent with institutional missions.

Individuals and institutions from nearly 40 CAS member organizations comprise a professional constituency of over 100,000 professionals—representing a significant majority of higher education practitioners in student programs and services.

Learn more about CAS at www.cas.edu
 

CAS Standards and Guidelines for Auxiliary Services Functional Areas (including bookstores)

CAS allows and encourages associations representing functional areas addressed by CAS Standards to share them freely with their members and encourage active use of the documents and the self-review process.

 

The CAS Standards and Guidelines for Auxiliary Services Functional Areas are available in PDF format FREE to full store members. Please log in to access the link to this resource.


Using Self-assessment to Improve Your Operation

CAS Standards may be used for self-assessment intended for program development, continuous improvement, self-study for accreditation or review, staff development, student development, program planning, program evaluation, and education about student affairs services and programs. To learn more about the CAS Standards, the CAS self-assessment philosophy, and the Self-Assessment Guides (or SAGs), view this short presentation. 
 

CAS offers information and resources on self-assessment and the use of the Standards (see above) and "Self-Assessment Guides" on their web site at www.cas.edu. The "CAS Self-study Process" and other helpful resources are under the "History of CAS" tab on the left side of the page. "Self-Assessment Guides" for each operational area (e.g., Auxiliary Services) are available for purchase directly from CAS.

NACS also offers tools and resources you may use to assess, review, benchmark, and enhance your operations. Some resources listed below are in the Member Resource Center and are for NACS Members only. 

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