Standards of Practice

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 are organized into seven categories:
  • Budgeting & Planning
  • Program Quality
  • Deans and Dean's Office 
  • Development & External Resources
  • Faculty
  • Personnel Recruitment & Retention Processes
  • Students

The Standards and accompanying Scoring Rubric are available to members of CCAS.  Return to and log in using your personal ID. 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.  

Should you wish to participate in a personalized 30-minute web-based conference to prepare to conduct the self assessment, write to to schedule a time.  Your feedback on this guide is welcome; write

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.


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