Texas A&M University-San Antonio will be the new home to the nation’s Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences

By University Communications

Friday, 04 30 2021

SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M University-San Antonio will be the new host institution for the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) starting July 1, 2021. CCAS, founded in 1965, is the national association for deans of colleges of arts and sciences and is charged with providing professional development programming for its member deans and sustaining the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education. The relocation of the executive offices to A&M-San Antonio follows a national competitive process led by CCAS and its board of directors. The process included letters of interest from colleges and universities across the country. A&M-San Antonio joins a prestigious group of former institutions that have hosted CCAS, including the College of William & Mary (2006-present), Arizona State University (1995-2006) and The Ohio State University (1987-1995).

Arts and sciences colleges represent more than half of the undergraduate instruction offered at higher education institutions across the United States, and many CCAS member institutions are responsible for a wide spectrum of master’s and doctoral degree programs. As a national association, CCAS serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among its member deans and represents the liberal arts and sciences at a national policy-making level. The council actively supports programs, activities and resources to improve the intellectual stature and public understanding of the disciplines represented by colleges of arts and sciences. Collectively CCAS members include more than 800 deans and more than 1,200 associate and assistant deans of colleges of arts and sciences at more than 500 institutions of higher learning in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Qatar.

“Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s selection as the host institution for the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences speaks to the growing reputation of our University and the caliber of our College of Arts and Sciences,” said Mike O’Brien, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “We’re looking forward to supporting the Council in its advocacy, policy-making and professional programming and its support of deans and academic leadership from across the nation.”

A&M-San Antonio’s location in the seventh largest city in the United States provides an abundance of opportunities for CCAS, according to Debra Feakes, A&M-San Antonio’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are thrilled to share more about this new agreement at the upcoming CCAS national meeting in Portland, Oregon.”

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About the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences

To learn more about Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences and its priorities and programs, including resources for anti-racism and Coronavirus, visit the CCAS website at https://www.ccas.net.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, A&M-San Antonio is a Military Embracing™ institution offering 30 undergraduate degrees and 14 graduate degrees to nearly 6,800 students. The University is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. A&M-San Antonio holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Military Times ranks the University No. 35 in the nation for “Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission