Dr. Laura Dean is an Professor in the UGA College Student Affairs Administration Program. Previously, she served as the senior student affairs officer at Pfeiffer University and at Peace College in North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Westminster College (PA) and her graduate degrees in Counselor Education/Student Development in Higher Education, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A member of ACPA, NASPA, the American Counseling Association, and the American College Counseling Association, she has also been active in the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for nearly 20 years, serving on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, as Publications Editor, and as President. She has been recognized with the ACPA Diamond Honoree and Senior Professional Annuit Coeptis awards, the American College Counseling Association Professional Leadership Award, and the Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching Award from NASPA Region III. Her research interests include assessment, the use of professional standards, and small college issues.