Amber Cox, New Executive Director
CCAS President Elizabeth A. Say is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has selected Amber Cox of Champaign, Illinois, as the next executive director of CCAS. Ms. Cox has been with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) for the past ten years as, progressively, program director, assistant director, and associate director. During her time at CIC, Cox is credited with having been instrumental in developing several key initiatives, including a Mellon Fellows partnership between the CIC and the Associate Colleges of the Midwest and the development of CourseShare, the CIC's signature program for delivering Less Commonly Taught Languages.  She oversees programs in faculty leadership and development, including the Academic Leadership Program and the Departmental Executive Directors' seminar.
“Amber brings an ideal set of experiences to CCAS,” says President Say. “The search committee was impressed with her depth of experience and her commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. From a pool of over 50 applicants, ultimately she stood out by demonstrating her enthusiasm for the mission of CCAS and her thoughtful ideas about how to guide the organization into the future.” Cox replaces Anne-Marie McCartan, who announced last summer that she would step down after completing 10 years as executive director. Cox and her family will relocate to the Williamsburg area, where The College of William & Mary serves as host institution for CCAS. She begins work on July 1.

 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN | July 24-27, 2016 Seminar for New Deans
In the annual Seminar for New Deans, experienced A&S deans share their accumulated wisdom about successful deaning and facilitate discussion among participants about approaches to common problems faced by those new to the job of deaning.  Click here for program details.

 Seminars for Department Chairs
Registration is now open for July 21-23 in Chicago and October 2-4 in San Diego
The Seminar is open to chairs/heads at CCAS member institutions. Due to space limitations, no more than two chairs from the same institution will be admitted. The first 40 registration requests will be accepted; additional requests will be wait-listed in order of receipt. Register by hovering over "Events," select Seminar for Department Chairs – JULY or OCTOBER 2016 and register as a "New Customer." Click here for program schedule.

50th Anniversary Commemorative Book
Order a piece of history! This 75-page keepsake full-color book includes fascinating news items from the past (guess what year smoking was banned in meeting rooms? what year associate deans were allowed to run for the board?) along with short essays from 30 past presidents and executive directors. Sponsor ads from many A&S colleges complement the historical content. This is an ideal book to display in your reception area or to gift to a dean-friend. Order here for only $10.

 Board of Directors adopts 2016-2019 Strategic Plan
The CCAS Board of Directors is pleased to share with membership its planning priorities for the next four years. The year-long process leading to adoption of the plan included four online, interactive sessions with dozens of dean-members. Adhering to members’ advice that the Board focus on a few key areas to move our organization forward, the Plan is focused around three goals:
  1. To offer improved programs and services that benefit members
  2. To advocate for the value of the liberal arts & sciences
  3. To elevate our national standing as the premier organization for best practices for academic leadership in the arts & sciences
Noteworthy activities envisioned by the Plan include
  • strengthening current programs by calling upon outside expertise and relevant research
  • broadening programming to better prepare members for their next leadership positions within the academy
  • exploring how regional connections can facilitate interaction among members
  • providing resources and training to members for their advocacy efforts on behalf of the liberal arts & sciences
  • publishing and disseminating CCAS books on decanal best practices
  • establishing “Friends of CCAS” to help carry the CCAS message more broadly
  • adopt a marketing and communication plan to better inform our members of CCAS services and programs that can be of benefit to them.
View the new plan here.

Results Released on Salaries for New Faculty
The results of the CCAS survey on salaries and start-up packages for incoming faculty in 2015 (tenure-track and tenured) are now available to the membership. Mean starting salaries are up nearly three percent from the previous year, with Computer and Information Sciences once again topping the list for the highest-paid entry-level salaries for assistant professors.
The full data file, which can be arrayed by Carnegie classification, geographic area, discipline and academic specialty, can be obtained for $150. Simply go to > Resources > 2015 New Hires Survey. Those submitting data for the survey were sent the file in mid-November. If you are uncertain if this applies to you or not, just write us at

Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award Given to David J. Skorton
CCAS has recognized David J. Skorton with its 2015 Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award.  The announcement was made November 6 at the organization’s 50th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The CCAS Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award honors an individual or organization demonstrating exemplary advocacy for the arts and sciences, flowing from a deep commitment to the intrinsic worth of liberal arts education.
In presenting the award, CCAS President Timothy D. Johnston, Dean of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (at right in photo), announced that CCAS was honoring him for being a “tireless and effective advocate for the benefits of a liberal arts education.” Skorton, a cardiologist by training, served previously as president of the University of Iowa and most recently at Cornell University. This past July, he assumed the position of Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
In accepting the award, Skorton thanked the Council and told the 500 assembled deans that he “strongly believes that an education in the liberal arts is essential and can transform individuals and society for the common good.” Further, he “pledged to continue to champion these endeavors that are so central to our shared humanity. The colleges of arts and sciences are absolutely critical in our shared journey to understand and to inspire.” See the full story here.

"Selling the Value: Positioning Colleges of Arts & Sciences in a Pre-Professional-Focused World"
Last year's annual meeting featured a popular workshop on this title, presented by Elizabeth Scarborough, CEO and Partner of SimpsonScarborough, a higher-education marketing firm. Elizabeth was generous enough to allow us to post her presentation. It is available for viewing by CCAS members (login required). Click on DKB under RESOURCES, then search under Selling the Value.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society launches a new toolkit,
CCAS members are encouraged to use these helpful advocacy materials.

JUST RELEASED -- 2016 CCAS Membership Directory
The directory has been posted on the CCAS website and an active link, as well as a search link, is located on the member Welcome Page and under MEMBERS ONLY in the blue navigation bar when you log in to the CCAS website using your membership credentials.  If you need assistance or would like a copy mailed to you, please contact us at

CCAS Book on Deans and Development
A complimentary copy of Deans and Development:  Making the Case for Supporting the Liberal Arts and Sciences has been mailed to each CCAS member dean. Additional copies may be purchased by CCAS members for $10 each (non-members $30) by going to the Publications tab in the navigation bar and clicking Deans and Development Book and then "Order Form" on the flyout menu.

Visualize the expanse of CCAS members nationwide and internationally on our three locator maps:

Guide for assessing best practices in colleges/schools of Arts & Sciences

The CCAS Board of Directors offers it members the Standards of Practice: A Self-Assessment Guide for Colleges/Schools of Arts & Sciences.  The Standards were developed to help deans evaluate whether their colleges or schools maintain policies and practices that align with the best practices and standards in higher education. The Standards are not intended to be prescriptive; rather, they serve as constructive guidelines to deans as you with work within the context of your own institution.

The Standards and accompanying Scoring Rubric are available to members of CCAS.  Log into this page (above, right), then, under Resources, hold your cursor over Standards of Practice, and click  "A Self-Assessment Guide" to download the document or "Scoring Rubric," which is an Excel-based tool to assist you in conducting a systematic analysis of your policies and practices.  Hard copies also are available upon request.

Non-members who wish to view the Standards and take the self assessment are welcome to join CCAS. Write us at for a membership application.

"Liberal Arts & Sciences FAQs" brochure available for purchase
This brochure, authored by former CCAS President Matthew C. Moen (University of South Dakota), defines liberal education and offers arguments for its centrality in undergraduate education. The brochure is being made available at cost to CCAS members.
Ordering Information:  
  • First 10 copies, no charge to members
  • Between 11-100 copies, $6 per 10 copies
  • Orders over 100, $5 per 10 copies

Order by going to the Publications tab in the navigation bar and clicking "Liberal Arts and Sciences FAQs Brochure - Order Form."

CCAS Member Benefits
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, a network of deans, fosters leadership and administration in colleges and schools of arts and sciences.  In pursuit of our mission, CCAS connects deans with each other, provides professional development, serves as a forum for discussing issues in higher education, and advocates for liberal learning.
Want to join CCAS?  Print the Membership Application, fill it out, and send it to us.
All arts and/or science decanal staff of a participating college within an institution are eligible for the following benefits:
• password and access to the 'Members Only' area of the CCAS web site
• bimonthly newsletters
• a variety of professional-development seminars, workshops, and webinars
• discounted registration fees at seminars and the Annual Meeting
• discounted subscription rate for Change Magazine
• a mentoring program for new deans and associate/assistant deans
• participation in both the data collection and receipt of the New Hires Survey report
• a 'deans only' listserv for discussion of issues and networking with other Deans,
   and a listserv for associate and assistant deans
• an online searchable database (Deans Knowledge Base) of timely presentations, policy statements,
   listserv discussions, and other resources
• training workshops for department chairs/heads, either on campus or at a regional location
• access to the CCAS membership mailing list for searches, college newsletters, etc.
NOTE: Passwords are assigned to member Deans, Associate, and Assistant Deans. If you do not remember your login credentials, click "Forgot your password?" under the login boxes at the top right of the CCAS homepage and you'll be asked to enter your email address. Then click, "Send Login Information." The website will email your login credentials shortly. If the website doesn't send you your login information it is because your email address either isn't in the database or is different from the one in the database. For assistance, email
Click here to access the "Member Benefits and Services" brochure.
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