DR. DEBORAH GARRETT

President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)

The CAS Governing Board has appointed CAS Past President Deb Garrett to the role of Interim Executive Director for July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. Deb will resign her position as CAS Past President on June 30, 2018 to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. Given Deb’s experience as a Vice President of Student Affairs and as a member of the former CAS Executive Committee as Director of Outreach and then three years as CAS President, she is uniquely situated to lead CAS during this transition. Deb is a proven leader who has a deep understanding of CAS operations, goals, and current projects.

This transition period will offer a few opportunities. CAS has learned that there is an extensive amount of paperwork and tasks that need to be completed to move the office and address of a non-profit organization with different states having different requirements. Thus, CAS will have some time to consider if there are any advantages to some locations over others. CAS will also have sufficient time to fully understand the various tasks the Executive Director performs and with this information explore diverse management models to ensure they are using the best model for CAS. Such models may include a full-time executive director (as CAS has had in recent years), the use of an association management company, or some form of hybrid model. CAS will also continually provide updates on their progress and seek input regarding the executive director transition.

Deb Garret will be in attendance at the 2018 National Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Deb will conduct a short presentation to all of the conference participants about what they can expect from CAS in the next year. Deb will also share the need for volunteers to help assist in the development of CAS’ standards and other resources to ensure the community college perspective is represented.

Additionally, CAS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the group and Deb is proud to say NCSD was one of the initial members. During the anniversary, CAS will be releasing the 10th edition of our book of standards and the accompanying self-assessment guides, the first two sets of cross-functional standards (First-Year Experiences & High Risk Behaviors), the Multi-functional Assessment guide, new white papers for several functional areas on their use of the CAS standards, a new self-study guide, a newly created set of standards for Testing Centers, etc. just to name a few of our new resources.

CAS President: Gavin Henning