CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) and Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) is pleased to announce that the final 2015 educational policy and accreditation standards (EPAS) is now available! The educational policy, which details the new social work competencies for the 2015 EPAS, was developed by COEP and approved by the CSWE Board of Directors on March 20, 2015. The accreditation standards were developed and approved by the COA on June 11, 2015.
Programs that have reaffirmation reviews in October 2017 or later will use the 2015 EPAS to prepare their self-studies. Programs applying for candidacy in 2016 and beyond would use the 2015 EPAS for their benchmark documents. Please consult the implementation schedule for the 2015 EPAS for more information.
Programs that continue to use the 2008 standards should be mindful of the 2015 EPAS and consider any modifications that may be necessary for compliance with the 2015 accreditation standards. A crosswalk comparing the 2008 and 2015 standards is available so programs can begin to identify changes that need to be made in order to be compliant with the 2015 standards. Programs should begin to incorporate the 2015 social work competencies in their curricula and assessment procedures as they prepare for their next reaffirmation review. Additional accreditation resources (glossary, review briefs, and assessment guidelines) will be provided in reaffirmation trainings offered in spring 2016. Further details and updates on these workshops, webinars and APM EPAS information sessions can be found here.