Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Social Work Department is to prepare students for competency driven practice focused on evolving issues in the community.
- Educate generalist practice students on the ten core competencies of social work practice.
- Integrate competency-driven learning throughout the BSW curriculum.
- Use technology to enhance course delivery.
- Use current scholarship and best practices in assignments in the BSW curriculum.
- Use field trips, international programs, speakers, service learning, and forums to enrich student learning about diversity.
- Annually update curriculum and course content in response to evaluation feedback, changes in best practices, and community needs.
- Sponsor annual events that facilitate dialogue and exchange between alumni and students.
- Implement a comprehensive model of student advising that makes the best use of the Department’s student leaders, administrative staff, and faculty members.
- Use course exercises and assignments to promote student awareness of self as an instrument of change.
- Use research as the foundation for discovering best practices in education and community engagement.
- Develop and carry out research focused on social justice in collaboration with the Center for Social Justice.
- Conduct faculty-student research.
- Use exit surveys, alumni surveys, employer surveys, student focus groups, and benchmarking rubrics to monitor BSW program processes and outcomes
- Model and promote the ethic of service. Objectives:
- Serve on boards, committees, and as members of regional organizations that support and promote the values of professional social work.
- Faculty members and students will seek and respond to organizational and community service needs in the region.
- Sponsor student organizations that recognize academic excellence and promote student service.