Annual Meeting Registration Is Still Open

Join your colleagues November 5 - 8 for the 2014 CCAS Annual Meeting at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter located on the San Antonio River Walk.  In addition to the Annual Meeting, CCAS is offering two pre-conference workshops, "Conflict Management for Deans," and “Getting Ahead: A career planning workshop," and a post-conference workshop, “Selling the Value: Positioning and marketing colleges of Arts & Sciences in a pre-professional-focused world.”
The Program Preview is now available online and will be mailed to CCAS members the beginning of July.  Click here to view the document in its entirely.  See pages 23 and 24 for information your assistant will need to know before processing your registration.  Go to EVENTS on the navigation bar, float your cursor over "Annual Meeting - NOVEMBER," and register for each event individually.  Hotel accommodations must be made by October 10, 2014 to qualify for the group rate.  To reserve a room, use the reservation link San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter or call (800) 648-4462 and reference the “CCAS Annual Meeting arriving November 3, 2014.”

Seminar for Department Chairs

Register for the February 19-21, 2015, Seminar in Alexandria, Virginia NOW
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 - FEBRUARY 2015 and register as a "New Customer."  Click here for program schedule.

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 along with the 2014-2015 Membership Renewal Campaign materials.   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
November 7, 2013.  The CCAS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the publication of 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.

2014 CCAS Membership Directory Available On-Line
The directory is located under "About CCAS" in the navigation bar.  If you would like to receive a copy by mail, please call (757) 221-1784 or email

Deans make the case for liberal arts majors
As the arts and sciences come under criticism from many quarters, our deans rise to the occasion, going public with their support for a broad, liberal-arts based undergraduate curriculum and majors.
CCAS President Mary Anne Fitzpatrick (University of South Carolina) endorses the recent report from the Academy of Arts & Sciences (The Heart of the Matter) and invites you to join in the conversation about the centrality of the humanities and social sciences.
In a recent op-ed article in Urban Milwaukee, Dean Benjamin Rifkin of The College of New Jersey takes issue with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's proposal that the State funding formulae incentivize students to study in high-demand majors.  
And Michael Zimmerman, VPAA & Provost at The Evergreen State College, argues that the humanities support the economy in this piece in The Seattle Times.

"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

To order, email

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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