The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fund raisers, public relations managers, publications editors, and government relations officers. The ultimate goal of advancement professionals is to enhance their institutions by bringing in support — be it in the form of money, alumni loyalty, public esteem, or new students. In turn, CASE's purpose is to help these people advance the cause of education. It does this by offering information resources and training opportunities to aid its members.
CASE District V includes members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
This field of institutional advancement includes educational fundraising, administration, communications, government relations, student recruitment, and the management of these areas. Many college and university presidents, school heads, deans, and other administrators are also member representatives. CASE's national American member institutions are organized into eight geographic districts to provide strong regional programs and services. District Five, the Great Lakes District, encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin and includes 400+ member institutions and more than 2,500 representatives.