Council is committed to assuring the quality, consistency, and relevance
of human service education through research-based standards and
a peer-review, accreditation process. Our vision is to promote excellence
in human service education, provide quality assurance, and support
standards of performance and practice through the accreditation
Benefits of CSHSE Membership include:
Program Accreditation - CSHSE is the only national organization
accrediting human service education programs.
Advantage for Students - Students graduating
from accredited programs are eligible to apply for the CCE HS-BCP
Consultation and Assistance - with curriculum
development and program accreditation.
Marketing - Use of the CSHSE logo on
your program material to identify accreditation. All Council members
are listed on the Council website.
Publications - Members receive The Bulletin and complimentary
copies of the latest CSHSE monographs.
Website - www.cshse.org offers
links to Council information and member programs.
Professional Development - Opportunities
to attend and conduct workshops at regional and national conferences
and to influence national human service standards and educational
Networking - Access to a professional
network of human service educators.
BY-LAWS OF THE COUNCIL FOR STANDARDS IN HUMAN SERVICE
Article I - Name
Section 1.1 Name of Organization
The name of this organization, incorporated under the laws of Illinois,
shall be "Council for Standards in Human Service Education,"
hereinafter referred to as "The Council.
Section 1.2 Registered Office & Agent.
The Registered Office and Registered Agent of the Association shall
continue as fixed in the Articles of Incorporation until changed
by the Executive Board.
Section 1. 3 Fiscal Year.
The fiscal year of the Council shall end on the
30th day of June.
Article II - Purpose
2.1 Purpose of Organization.
The Council is a non-profit corporation and is
organized for the purpose of assuring the quality, consistency,
and relevance of human service education programs through the maintenance
standards, the accreditation
of human service education degree programs, consultation, research,
Article III - Membership
Section 3.1 Membership Type
There shall be one class of membership in the Council: Voting Membership.
Section 3.2 Definition of Voting Member
A voting member is a human service education program that maintains
current membership in the Council through the payment of annual
dues. The Board of Directors shall at least every five years review
the requirements for the membership and propose amendments if needed.
Section 3.3 Voting
Each voting member may cast only one vote on matters brought for
consideration to the membership by the Board of Directors. Each
member will designate one person to vote on behalf of the program
and will notify the Secretary of the Council at the onset of the
meeting who that voting representative is.
Section 3.4 Nominations and Election of
Voting members of each region shall participate in the nomination
and election of a Regional Director from their region for the Board
of Directors of the Council.
Section 3.5 Membership Dues & Fees
the Board of Directors shall no less that every 3 years review
and set annual dues for the membership in the Council and fees for
the accreditation of human service education programs. Non-payment
of annual membership dues will result in suspension of membership
and, if accredited, suspension of accreditation.
Article IV - Council Meetings
Section 4.1 Annual Meeting
An annual meeting of members shall be convened at a location and
on dates selected by the Board of Directors, provided notice is
given at least 30 days prior to the meeting.
Section 4.2 Special Meetings
A special meeting shall be convened upon; (a) receipt of a petition
signed by not less than 25 percent of the voting members, (b) at
the request of any two members of the Board of Directors or (c)
by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors. Members
shall be notified of any special meeting and the items for consideration
at least 15 days prior to the meeting.
Section 4.3 Notices
Whenever these bylaws require notice to be given, such notice shall
be in writing unless oral notice is reasonable under the circumstances.
Notice may be communicated in person, by telephone, U.S. or electronic
mail. Written notice is effective on the date sent properly addressed
to the addressee's last known address as maintained by the Secretary.
Section 4.4 Quorum
Twenty-five percent (25%) of current voting members shall constitute
a quorum at any meeting of members. No less than three members of
the Board of Directors must be present to conduct any business.
Section 4.5 Regional Meetings
Annual or special meetings of the members from any of the Council
regions may be held at a time and place designated by the Council
Regional Director, provided regional members are notified at least
15 days prior to the meeting.
Article V - Board of Directors
Section 5.1 Charge of Board
The Board of Directors shall manage the affairs and business of
the Council and shall be vested with all the powers necessary to
perform the business of the Council subject to applicable law, the
Articles of Incorporation, and these Bylaws.
Section 5.2 Eligibility for Board Membership
Board members with voting membership in the Council other than the
public Members must be current or former faculty members of human
service education programs. Executive Officers must be elected from
among currently serving Regional Directors or other Executive Officers.
Section 5.3 Board Composition
The Board of Directors shall consist of the current Officers of
the Council, the Regional Directors, the Past President (who serves
on the Board for one year immediately subsequent to leaving the
office of President), and from one to three Public Members. The
board shall consist of not less than eight or more than twenty persons.
Section 5.4 Officers of Board and Council
The Officers shall be the same for the Board of Directors as for
Section 5.5 Executive Officers
The Council Officers (President, Vice-President of Accreditation,
Vice-President of Publications, Treasurer, and Secretary) are elected
by the Board concurrent with the annual meeting. The term of office
is four years. The election of officers occurs only in odd-numbered
years, with the President, Vice President of Publications and Secretary
being elected in one odd-numbered year, the Vice President of Accreditation
and Treasurer in the next odd-numbered year.
Section 5.6 Regional Directors
Regional Directors are elected from their respective regional membership
and take their positions on the Board of Directors concurrent with
the annual meeting. Their term of office is four years. If a region
fails to nominate and elect a Regional Director, the Board of Directors
has the option of filling that position with a qualified person
from that region or of combining regions so that a Regional Director
serves more than one region. Regional Directors shall communicate
with the Board of Directors concerning the needs of the region they
Section 5.7 Public Member(s)
Public Members represent the public in decision-making and policy
setting and are elected by the Board of Directors to serve a four
year term. The board shall have a minimum of one public member.
The public member shall attend all board meetings and shall vote
on accreditation/reaccreditation issues and other board actions.
The public member shall have no relationship or affiliation with
a CSHSE member program. The public member shall be nominated by
a current board member and shall be elected by a two-thirds vote
of the board
Section 5.8 Term Limits
An individual may serve in an Executive Officer, Regional Director,
or Public Member position for a maximum of three terms. The term
limit does not preclude the individual from serving another three
terms in a different office, if elected.
Section 5.9 Ex-Officio Board Members
The Board may appoint up to five ex-officio members to serve at
the pleasure of the Board in an advisory capacity.
Section 5.10 Board Vacancies
Vacancies on the Board of Directors, whether from the Officers,
Regional Directors, or Public Members shall be filled through appointment
by the President, with the consent of a majority of the Board of
Directors. Such appointees shall serve for the unexpired term of
Section 5.11 Board Meetings
The Board of Directors shall meet at least two times per year at
a time and place designated by the President, provided that notice
is given at least 15 days prior to such meetings. Should the President
fail to call such a meeting, the meeting shall be held at the request
of three or more members of the Board of Directors.
Section 5.12 Special Board Meetings
Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be requested by the
President, any two Board members, or of at least 25% of the current
voting membership. The notice of such meeting shall specify the
time, place, and business items to be considered. The President
determines the time and place for the meeting and sends the notification.
Members of the Board shall be notified of any special meeting at
least 72 hours prior to the meeting.
Section 5.13 Board Quorum
A quorum of the Board of Directors consists of a simple majority
provided at least two of the current Executive Officers are in attendance.
Section 5.14 Board Action Without Meetings
Any action that may be taken at a regular or special meeting of
the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting provided all
Directors give written consent to the action including via electronic
mail and such written consent is filed with the Secretary.
- Section 5.15 Duties of the Board
Duties of the Board of Directors shall include at least the following:
- Serve as the decision-making and appeals body for all human
service education program accreditation decisions.
- Act for and manage the affairs of the Council between annual
- Establish and monitor the Council budget and designate a depository.
- Establish and maintain policy guidelines.
- Consider and make recommendations on all Council resolutions
and bylaws amendments.
- Enforce bylaws.
- Approve publications sponsored by the Council.
- Report all actions through minutes.
- Approve the employment and remuneration of any staff hired by
Section 5.16 Presumption of Assent
Any Board Member present at a Board meeting shall be presumed to
have assented to an action taken at the meeting unless his/her dissent
is entered in the minutes of the meeting or unless he or she files
at the meeting or immediately after its adjourning his/her written
dissent to the action with the Secretary of the meeting. This right
to dissent shall not be available to a Board member who voted in
favor of the action.
Section 5.17 Seal of the Council
The Seal of the Council shall be in such form as the Board of Directors
may determine. In the event it is inconvenient to use such a seal
at any time, the signature with the words "Council for Standards
in Human Service Education, A Non-Profit Corporation," followed
by the word "Seal," enclosed in parentheses shall be deemed
the seal of the Association. The seal shall be in the custody of
the Secretary and affixed on such papers as may be directed by law,
these bylaws, the Board of Directors, or the President.
Section 5.18 Removal of Board Member
A majority of the Board of Directors shall have the power to remove
any member of the Board from office, with or without cause.
Section 5.19 Board Compensation
Members of the Board of Directors, including Officers of the Council,
and members of all standing and special committees serve without
compensation, except that they may be reimbursed for reasonable
and documented expenses incurred in the execution of the legitimate
business of the Council. The compensation of any paid employee of
the Council shall be determined by the President, subject to the
approval of the Board.
Article VI - Committees
Section 6.1 Executive Committee
The President, Vice-President of Accreditation, Vice-President of
Publications, Secretary, and Treasurer shall constitute an Executive
Committee and shall act for and manage the affairs of the Board
of Directors between meetings of the Board, including all powers
in these bylaws or in the Articles of Incorporation specifically
granted to the Board of Directors, and may authorize the seal of
the Corporation to be affixed to all papers as required. The Executive
Committee shall meet from time to time at the call of the President
or of at least two of the members of the committee. All actions
taken by the Executive Committee shall be recorded for review and
approval by the Board at its next meeting.
Section 6.2 Executive Committee Alternates
The Board may designate one or more Directors as alternate members
of the Executive Committee, to act in the place of any absent member
or members at any meeting of the committee.
Section 6.3 Standing Committees
The standing committees of the Council shall be appointed by the
President, subject to the approval of the Board, and shall serve
for one year. Each such committee shall have a minimum of three
members. Current standing committees: Ad Hoc Nominating Committee.
The Ad Hoc Nominating Committee shall consist of three members
elected from the Board of Directors. The committee functions in
odd-numbered years to make recommendations to the Board of Directors
concerning the election of Executive Officers whose terms end in
Section 6.4 Other Standing Committees
The President, with the consent of a majority of the Board of Directors,
may create such other standing or special committees as are deemed
necessary for the operations of the Council.
Section 6.5 Vacancies
Vacancies on any standing committee of the Board of Directors shall
be filled through appointment by the President, with the consent
of a majority of the Board of Directors. Such appointees shall serve
for the unexpired term of their predecessors.
Section 6.6 Removal of Committee Member
A majority of the Board of Directors shall have the power to remove
any member of the Executive Committee or any standing committee
from office, with or without cause.
Article VII - Officers
Section 7.1 Titles of Officers
The Officers of the Council shall be: President, Vice-President
of Accreditation, Vice-President of Publications, Secretary, Treasurer,
and Immediate Past President.
Section 7.2 Elections of Officers
Election of Officers shall take place during odd-year annual meetings,
as described in Section 5.5.
Section 7.3 Holding Two Offices
Apart from the President, who may not hold a second office, other
members of the Executive Committee may hold two offices simultaneously
for a period of time to be determined by the Board.
Section 7.4 President
The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Council.
He/she shall: (a) preside at all the meetings of the members an
of the Board of Directors, (b) supervise the business, property,
and affairs of the Council, (c) see that all orders and resolutions
of the Board of Directors are carried out, (d) executive actions
on behalf of the Council, and (e) may affix or cause the seal to
be affixed to all instruments requiring such execution.
Section 7.5 Vice President of Accreditation
The Vice President of Accreditation shall be responsible for all
human service education program accreditation processes. In the
event of the disability of the President and subject to the approval
of the Board of Directors, the Vice President of Accreditation shall
have all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President.
He/she shall also generally assist the President and exercise such
other powers and perform such other duties as the President or the
Board of Directors shall from time to time prescribe.
Section 7.6 Vice President of Publications
The Vice President of Publications shall edit all Council publications,
send publications to members, and manage membership information
on the Council website.
Section 7.7 Treasurer
Subject to the direction of the President, the Treasurer shall:
(a) have custody of all corporate funds and securities, (b) keep,
or cause to be kept, full and accurate accounts of receipts and
disbursements of the Council, (c) prepare and certify proper statements
concerning the financial condition of the Council when requested
by the Board of Directors, (d) account for his or her transactions
as the fiscal officer for Council, and (e) deposit all monies and
other valuable effects of the Council in the name and to the credit
of the Council in such depositories as shall be ordered be the President
and Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall perform other duties
normally incidental to the Office.
Section 7.8 Secretary
Subject to the direction of the President, the Secretary shall:
(a) attend and keep minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors
and of the members, (b) give, or cause to be given, notices, as
directed by the President, of all regular and special meetings of
the Board of Directors and the membership, and (c) maintain archival
records of the Council.
Section 7.9 Immediate Past President
The Immediate Past President shall serve on the Executive Committee
for one year following his/her term in office, act as an advisor
to the President and carry out such duties as shall be assigned
by the President.
Section 7.10 Delegation of Powers and Duties
Whenever the Board of Directors may deem it desirable, it may delegate
the powers and duties of an officer to any other Officer or Officers
or to any Director or Directors.
Article VIII - Sfaff
Section 8.1 Staff
Staff shall be hired by the President with the approval of the Board
and shall perform duties as are required by the Board.
Article IX - Indemnification
Section 9.1 Indemnification
The Council shall indemnify any person made a party to any action,
suit or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, by reason of the
fact that he/she, his/her testator, or intestate, is or was a Director,
Officer, or employee of the Council, or of any other corporation
which he/she served in such capacity at the request of this Council,
against the reasonable expenses, including attorneys' fees, actually
and reasonably incurred by him/her in connection with the defense
of the action, suit, or proceeding or in connection with any appeal
in it. The right to indemnification conferred by this section shall
not restrict the power of the Council to make any indemnification
permitted by law.
Article X - Parliamentary Authority
Section 10.1 Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of
Order Newly Revised shall govern the Council in all cases in which
they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with
these bylaws and any special rules or orders which the Council may
Article XI - Amendment
Section 11.1 Amendment of Bylaws
The power to alter, amend or repeal these bylaws, or to adopt new
bylaws, is reserved exclusively to the Board of Directors. The affirmative
vote of a majority of all directors entitled to vote at a duly convened
meeting of the Board being all that is necessary to exercise such
Last amended and approved by the Board of Directors (February 2011