Compliance With Established Standards- Office of Student Life

Certain student support areas of RMU are members of industry trade groups that have established standards to govern the quality of student services. RMU's Office of Student Life has been proactive in embracing the standards established by several national organizations, most specifically the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The Office of Student Life began using the CAS Professional Standards in 2001. CAS provides standards for 43 functional areas of student support services including alcohol and drug programs, career services, orientation programs, and campus activity programs. 

Evaluation of conformance with CAS Professional Standards is done through an internal self-study of a particular department or functional area. The Student Life Strategic Plans for 2001, 2007, and 2014 involve a number of measures, including a periodic review of its functions, services and department responsibilities. Of the 43 CAS standards, Student Life focuses only on those that have a direct service impact in its area of responsibility.

Each year Student Life identifies areas for periodic review using the CAS Professional Standards or external standards associated with their professional accreditation or licensure. The reviews involve establishing a committee to include staff, faculty, students, and external colleagues.  When appropriate, consultants are also included in the process.

During each periodic review, the committee evaluates all services, resources, and website information.  Relevant staff, faculty, students and other constituents are then interviewed. Using the appropriate standards, the committee writes a comprehensive report that includes strength, weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement, as well as requirements to meet or exceed the professional standard, licensure or accreditation. The reports are included in the Student Life Annual Report, and recommendations are considered for one-year goals, or integrated into the most current five-year strategic plan.

To date, the following 16 CAS reviews have been completed.

  • 2015:  Campus Religious and Spiritual Programs
  • 2014: First-Year Orientation Programs
  • 2012: Recreational Sports Programs
  • 2011: Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drug Programs
               Student Leadership Programs
  • 2010: Housing and Residential Life Programs
               Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Programs and Services
  • 2008: Fraternity and Sorority Programs
               Multicultural Student Programs and Services
  • 2005: Campus Religious and Spiritual Programs
               Career Services
               Counseling Services
               Disability Support Services
               Learning Assistance Programs
               Recreational Sports Programs
  • 2003: Student Conduct Programs