In fall 2011, the Student Affairs Executive Team charged the Student Affairs Assessment Team with the task of conducting a full Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) self-study review of all primary functional areas within Student Affairs. This pilot effort has proved to be impactful as it has provided a platform for departments to systematically evaluate and explore their strengths and opportunities. The final report summarizes the results of this comprehensive study.
Utilizing the CAS standards each area likened itself to national standards and conducted a self-analysis to assist programs in realizing their purpose, mission, and goals. The results of the self- study are now being used to guide continuous program improvements across each of the divisions, enhance our ability to provide outstanding service to students, and to advance additional student affairs strategic planning and assessment initiatives.
It is an exciting time in Student Affairs and on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Through self-analysis such as this CAS self-study review, we can continue to evaluate our programs and services, hold ourselves accountable to a national standard and framework, and provide the best educational experience for our students.
The Student Health & Counseling Center completed their CAS-Self Study in September 2013. A summary of the findings, strengths, and opportunities can be found here.