Mission & Vision


Vision Statement

CCAS is the premier international organization of choice for deans of arts and sciences that fosters inclusive excellence, shapes the conversation about higher education, and develops effective leaders and resourceful problem solvers.

CCAS Mission

CCAS is a deans leadership organization that creates opportunities to network with other deans, fosters inclusive excellence and academic innovation, offers professional and career development, provides resources and best practices, responds to current issues, and advocates for liberal learning.


CCAS promotes successful student outcomes including:

  • Benefiting from enhanced critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and imagination via an arts and sciences education.
  • Living happier and more satisfying lives (according to data on liberal arts education).
  • Possessing skills learned in the arts and sciences that employers both want and need.
  • Enjoying successful careers launched by arts and sciences degrees.
  • Contributing to society due to their cultural competency, global awareness, ethical standards, and inclusive excellence.

programs & activities

Major activities of CCAS include advocacy of the liberal arts and sciences and sponsorship of four to six seminars annually. In November each year the Council holds its 4-day Annual Meeting, which is open to deans of member institutions and other interested parties.

The CCAS Seminar for New Deans permits recently appointed deans to interact closely both with other fledgling deans and with experienced deans in discussions of the fundamentals of college administration.

The Seminars for Department Chairs was inaugurated in 1992. With successful department chairs presiding, this seminar provides a forum in which department chairs can explore the art of departmental administration and leadership with their peers.

CCAS offers a “special topics” workshop or series of webinars each spring. Recent topics have included Interdisciplinarity; Deans & Development; Assessing Student Learning; Productivity Measures; and Distance Education.

Click on EVENTS in the navigation bar to see information about dates, times, and locations for upcoming seminars, and to register for a meeting or seminar.

Members have access to a searchable CCAS Membership Directory and regular updates that keep arts and sciences deans current on relevant issues and events. CCAS also conducts an Annual Survey of new tenure-track hires that is available free to member institutions. Other services include a Mentoring Program for new deans and associate/assistant deans, on-campus Leadership-Development Workshops for chairs/heads, an active online community CCAS Connect, and an online searchable Deans Knowledge Base that contains hundreds of summaries of ListServ discussions on topics important to deans.

Any questions about CCAS Connect can be addressed to connect@ccas.net.


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