Using CAS for Program Assessment and Strategic Planning

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Core Competencies: Management, Planning
Originally presented on June 13, 2013
This is the archived version

Program Description

In this program, participants learn about using the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standards to inform strategic initiatives. For more than three decades, CAS standards and guidelines have promoted inter-departmental, fostered inter-program collaboration, and reflected good practices generally agreed upon by the profession at large. The CAS standards speak to issues of institutional change as practitioners strive to meet student needs. Student affairs’ commitment to developing quality experiences for students, coupled with calls for accountability, requires that educators evaluate programs and services to demonstrate their impact and learn how to improve them.   

About the Presenters

Marybeth Drechsler Sharp, Ph.D., is the executive director at CAS, and she has served in this role since May 2012.   

Drechsler Sharp completed her doctorate in college student personnel at the University of Maryland, where she also has served as an adjunct instructor. During her doctoral career, Sharp worked with student leadership development and service learning initiatives as a graduate staff member for the College Park Scholars living-learning program. Previously, she served as a residence hall coordinator at the University of Missouri, a graduate hall director at the University of Central Missouri, and an executive board member for the Missouri College Personnel Association.   

Timothy A. Reed, Ph.D., considers himself a “developing” professional even after 27 years in the field. Every day brings new challenges and new perspectives on an expanding professional career. Reed has served Virginia Commonwealth University for nearly 15 years. He currently is the assistant dean of student affairs and served as director of University Student Commons & Activities. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville, a master's degree from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.


Learning Outcomes

As a result of viewing this program, participants will know about:

  • Using CAS for strategic planning
  • Limits of CAS regarding benchmarking

As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Use CAS for their own strategic planning purposes
  • Use CAS to compare their institution’s current status with its past information

Updated Aug. 14, 2015