The Social Work program has been accredited since 1997 under the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). The program was reaccredited under the new CSWE 2015 Educational Policy Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
The mission of the Social Work program is to integrate the values, knowledge and skills inherent to social work into an academic program that will enable multi-culturally competent bachelor's level students to engage in generalist social work practices that will meet the needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities communities.
This program will prepare students for generalist social work practice with client systems of various sizes and types with special emphasis on Native Americans and communities of color. This program will build on a Liberal Arts base and will provide a curriculum foundation that contains the profession's values, knowledge and skills.
The program’s mission concentrates on multicultural competence for generalist social work practice and aims to increase the capacity of:
- Individuals and families to maintain their cultural identities and heritage;
- Individuals and families to live and function successfully in two or more cultural environments;
- Groups and communities to serve and nurture their members and to achieve a viable balance between community or group needs and available resources;
- Organizations at all levels to continuously examine and modify their practices and procedures to ensure an equitable distribution of resources; and,
- Organizations to provide race, gender, and class-sensitive service.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
- Engage in policy practice.
- Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes:
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.CSWE Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Year — 2020-21