ACPA Leader and Industry Expert Wins Presidency of Council for Advancement of Standards

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Gavin Henning, Ph.D., higher education industry expert in assessment and past president of ACPA wins presidency of CAS.

Gavin Henning, Ph.D., higher education industry expert in assessment and immediate past president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) ( has been elected President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) (, the pre-eminent higher education organization for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs. CAS individuals and institutions from 42 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.

Henning is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Doctorate of Education and Master of Higher Education Administration Programs at New England College. Henning is considered one of the leading scholars in the area of assessment in student affairs, having just released Student Affairs Assessment: Theory to Practice with Roberts and Coordinating Student Affairs Divisional Assessment: A Practical Guide with Yousey-Elsenser and Bentrim.

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D., Professor, ARPE, San Diego State University, reflected on Henning’s leadership in higher education, “For more than 20 years, I have been a colleague of Gavin Henning. I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Henning’s assessment and research work. I recommend him above all others when institutional leaders need assistance designing assessment and research solutions for the most complex problems.”

Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of ACPA, said, “Henning is the consummate facilitator of collaboration, bringing profession-wide perspective. I cannot think of a better person to bring the thought leadership and skills necessary to represent numerous specialty areas and the profession-at-large on matters concerning professional standards and quality assurance. We are in one of the most challenging times in higher education history and accountability needs our complete focus."

Henning said, “I’m humbled to be selected President Elect for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). With a focus on student learning and development that is consistent with the ACPA Mission, CAS continues to test the standard for quality in higher education.”'

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