The Student Development and Special Services unit uses national standards for practice in Student Development created by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). CAS collaborates with specific professional associations to create national best practice guidelines in each area. Southern uses these best practices as one way to judge our work.
The mission of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is to promote the improvement of programs and services to enhance the quality of student learning and development. CAS is a consortium of professional associations who work collaboratively to develop and promulgate standards and guidelines and to encourage self-assessment.
The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) has been the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs since its inception in 1979. For the ultimate purpose of fostering and enhancing student learning, development, and achievement and in general to promote good citizenship, CAS continues to create and deliver a dynamic and credible Book of Professional Standards and Guidelines and Self-Assessment Guides that are designed to lead to a host of quality-controlled programs and services. Southern will use these standards to respond to real-time student needs, the requirements of sound pedagogy, and the effective management of more than 30 of our functional areas, consistent with institutional missions.
Standards that might interest Southern students include:
- Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Programs
- Campus Activities Programs
- Career Services
- College Honor Societies
- Counseling Services
- Disability Support Services
- Orientation Programs