Welcome to the
Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS)

CAFCS is a National organization of individuals who hold administrative roles in Family and Consumer Sciences in colleges and universities. This organization of 200 plus active and lifetime members began in 1960, with a group of administrators meeting annually at The Lake Michigan Conferences in Chicago. In 1966 they became an official organization known as the National Council of Administrators of Home Economics, holding their first stand-alone meeting in February of 1966.

The mission of CAFCS is to strengthen family and consumer sciences and related units in higher education through the development of excellence in administration. The organization seeks to achieve this mission by focusing on leadership development. The annual CAFCS meeting held in February is designed to focus on leadership skills. In addition CAFCS works collaboratively with the Higher Education Unit (HEU) of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the Board of Human Sciences (BOHS) to provide leadership development conferences for new and emerging administrators.

Membership is open to Deans of Colleges, Schools, and Extension; Chairs or Heads of Family and Consumer Sciences Departments within Schools and Colleges; and other individuals in administrative roles relating to the profession of Family and Consumer Sciences. To learn how you might become a member contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or see the application form at cafcs.org/membership/application

2020 Meeting - Registration Open

2020 Joint Board on Human Sciences (BoHS)/Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) Spring Meeting

Feb 18-21, 2020,  at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Kansas City Plaza, 220 West 43rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

The Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) and the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) invite their members to the 2020 joint BoHS/CAFCS Spring Conference, themed Innovative Leadership in the Human Sciences.

More information and Registration Register for the Annual Conference and review the program and presenters here.

Call for nominations for the CAFCS Excellence in Administration Award

The Excellence in Administration Award recognizes an individual member of the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding contribution to the family and consumer sciences/human sciences profession. The recipient is honored at the BoHS/CAFCS meeting on Thursday, Feb 20 at the Awards Luncheon. To nominate a worthy colleague, please access the nomination criteria and form here.


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