VP Johnson Begins Tenure as President of CAS

Written by: Integrated Marketing and Communications

We are proud to announce that on September 1, 2021, our Vice-President for the Center for Student Life, Dr. Ralph Johnson, began his two-year tenure as the President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). He will be its 10th president. 

Founded in 1979, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs. CAS creates and delivers dynamic, credible standards, guidelines, and Self-Assessment Guides that are designed to lead to a host of quality programs and services. CAS aims to foster and enhance student learning, development, and achievement.

CAS Standards respond to student needs, the requirements of sound pedagogy, and the effective management of 48 functional areas and 3 cross-functional areas. Individuals and institutions from over 40 CAS member organizations comprise a constituency of over 115,000 professionals. Representing a significant majority of higher education practitioners in student programs and services throughout the country and beyond, CAS provides tools to higher education leaders assessing institutional effectiveness, student learning, and outcomes.

VP Johnson expressed, “I am deeply humbled that I was elected to serve as the 10th President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The Council is one of the preeminent organizations in higher education and has a  tremendous legacy of contributions to the field of student affairs. As a career student affairs professional, I truly value CAS and am deeply committed to its mission and purpose.  Being the first African American to serve in this role in the organization’s forty-two-year history is truly one of the highlights of my life.  In this capacity, I will lead a consortium of 43 professional associations that represent over 100,00 members. I am blessed to have this opportunity and grateful to my colleagues in student affairs for the confidence they have shown in my leadership.”

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