The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) was founded 40 years ago in 1979. The organization now is much different than what it was when it originated. This year CAS will be publishing the 10th edition of the CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education as well as a number of new resources.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with CAS President Gavin Henning, and two past-presidents Susan R. Komives and Laura Dean. This episode will discuss the origins of CAS, its evolution as an association, and how it currently serves higher education.

This free episode will air live on Wednesday, April 17 at 1 pm ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

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Episode Host

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

Over the past 18 years Keith (he/him/his) has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and written more than 20 articles or book chapters on curricular approaches, sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking have received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. His TEDx Talk on Ending Rape has been viewed around the world. Keith is also a certified executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential. Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Susan R. Komives

Susan R. Komives is Professor Emerita in the Student Affairs Graduate Program at the University of Maryland College Park where she taught until 2012. She is past president of CAS and ACPA. She served as Vice President of both Stephens College and the University of Tampa. She is the co-author or co-editor of a dozen books including Student Services, Exploring Leadership, Leadership for A Better World, Handbook for Student Leadership Development, Management and Leadership Issues for a New Century, and Cross Border Enhancement for Student Learning and Development. She was a member of the teams that wrote Learning Reconsidered and the ensemble that developed the widely-used Social Change Model of Leadership Development. She is the founding editor of the Wiley New Directions for Student Leadership series. She received the ACPA Life Time Achievement Award and the 2019 NASPA John S. Blackburn Distinguished Pillar of the Profession.


Gavin Henning

Gavin Henning is Professor of Higher Education at New England College in New Hampshire where he directs the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Doctorate of Education programs. A national leader in higher education, Gavin serves as President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and is a past president of ACPA – College Student Educators International. He has over 20 years’ experience in higher education assessment and institutional research and frequently consults and presents regionally, nationally, and internationally on the topic. His scholarship includes over 80 peer-reviewed presentations and over 80 invited presentations and keynotes regarding assessment. In addition, he has published articles and books on assessment including Student Affairs Assessment: Theory and Practice (2016, Stylus) with Darby Roberts that serves as the foundational text for assessment courses in many higher education graduate programs. Gavin earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of New Hampshire.


Laura Dean

Dr. Laura Dean is Professor in the University of Georgia College Student Affairs Administration/Student Affairs Leadership program. She also currently serves as part of the Assessment Team for the Emory Integrity Project, a multi-year grant-funded project designed to integrate and assess integrity-related initiatives on campus. Her research focuses primarily on assessment practice and the use of professional standards. A member of ACPA, NASPA, and the American College Counseling Association, she has also been active in the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for nearly 20 years, including service as Publications Editor and as President. She is the co-author of Assessment in Student Affairs (2nd ed., 2016) and co-editor of Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice (2017). She has been recognized with the ACPA Diamond Honoree and Senior Professional Annuit Coeptis awards, the NASPA Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, and the American College Counseling Association Professional Leadership Award. Previously, she served as the senior student affairs officer at Pfeiffer University and at Peace College in North Carolina. She holds a BA from Westminster College (PA) and her graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.