About CLAS


The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS)

The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS) has a rich, 27 year tradition of offering high quality education to aging services professionals. Originally created by LeadingAge, this program has strong roots and a rich history. Currently owned and operated by the University of North Texas (UNT), CLAS serves a vital role in the field by providing a forum where quality education for administration and leadership is delivered by seasoned professionals. It also serves as a framework for continued growth and development and fosters a network for individuals to connect with their peers. The Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) National Certification Program is the foundation of the professional activities offered by CLAS.

Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) Program

The Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) National Certification Program offers tremendous benefits to aging services professionals, their employers, and the residents they serve. Certification brings a level of professional recognition both to the individuals who have achieved the designation and to the organizations that support them and place a premium on the professional development of their employees. CASP’s unique, comprehensive approach gives facility and program administrators the flexibility and marketability to work in a variety of settings throughout their careers. The CASP mission is to provide core competencies and holistic perspectives required to deliver housing, supportive, and community services responsive to the needs of older people. In response to the mission, the CASP Program recruited highly qualified national leaders in the field of senior living and aging services to write three new, state-of-the-art training manuals, developed from their extensive body of knowledge, for the use of CASP certification candidates.

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University of North Texas (UNT)

The University of North Texas, located in Denton, Texas, is a student-centered public research university and the flagship of the UNT System. Expert rankings in U.S. News & World Report put UNT among the top national universities that are “leading the pack” in innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity, and facilities. UNT is one of Texas’ largest universities, offering 97 bachelor’s, 101 master’s, and 49 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. Offering a traditional college experience and the quality of a private university at an affordable cost, UNT provides abundant opportunities for its constituents to discover the power of ideas.

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Public Affairs & Community Service (PACS)

PACS was founded in 1973. Throughout the years, the college has added departments and programs that address important social issues and provide opportunities for students to make a difference in their communities. PACS is now the fourth largest college at the University of North Texas with a diverse student body that consists of more than 2,800 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. It is our mission to improve the quality of life in the local and global community through teaching, research, and service.

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LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA)

LeadingAge is an association of 5,400 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. We advance policies, promote practices, and conduct research that support, enable, and empower people to live fully as they age. The LeadingAge Mission: Expanding the World of Possibilities for Aging. The LeadingAge Vision: Continually transforming society’s vision and deepening members’ commitment to expanding the “world of possibilities” for aging. The LeadingAge Promise: Inspire. Serve. Advocate.
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