Why is Accreditation Important?
In many states, including the State of Minnesota, applicants for social work licensure must have obtained a bachelor or graduate degree in social work from an academic program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) promotes academic excellence in baccalaureate and master’s social work education. The EPAS specifies the curricular content and educational context to prepare students for professional social work practice.
The joint social work program at St. Catherine’s and St. Thomas received its first accreditation in 1975 from the Council on Social Work Education. Since that time, the School of Social Work has successfully obtained reaffirmation of accreditation through 2020 for both the BSW and MSW Programs.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) promotes academic excellence in baccalaureate and master’s social work education. EPAS describe four features of an integrated curriculum design:
Competency-based education is an outcome performance approach to curriculum design. Competencies are measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills. The goal of the outcome approach is to demonstrate the integration and application of the competencies in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Assessment is an integral part of competency-based education. As an accredited program, we evaluate whether our students meet the core competencies (BSW) and the core and advanced competencies (MSW). Our system of assessment is implemented annually. The data from our assessments are used to continuously inform and improve in our classroom and field curricula and our learning environment.
Listed below are links for Outcome Study Reports for 2006-2014.
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