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2022 EPAS

CSWE’s Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) is charged with preparing, at periodic intervals not to exceed 7 years, a statement of social work curriculum policy to encourage excellence in educational programs and to be used by the Commission on Accreditation in formulating and revising accreditation standards. The educational policy and the accreditation standards are conceptually linked to each other, so a joint Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) 2022 Committee was formed with members from each commission.

These are the current committee members:

  • COEP representatives: Debra McPhee, chair (Fordham University); Antoinette Farmer (Rutgers University); Lynn Mayer (The Catholic University of America); Melissa Reitmeier, chair, Council on Field Education (University of South Carolina)
  • Commission on Accreditation (COA) representatives: Deana Morrow, chair (West Virginia University); Chris Bruhn (Aurora University); Michele Hanna (University of Denver); Lynette Reitz (Montclair State University); Thomas Walsh (Boston College); Francis Origanti (Avila University)
  • Commission on Research representative (advisory): Shari Miller (University of Georgia)
  • CSWE staff: Dr. Tanya Smith Brice, vice president of education; Julie Rhoads, director of educational initiatives and research; Marilyn Gentner, accreditation specialist

Feedback Collection Methods

The first draft of the proposed changes for the 2022 educational policy was sent out for public review, comment, and feedback in fall 2019. Results of the feedback are available here. Currently, the joint EPAS committee, COEP, and COA are reviewing the feedback and developing a full draft with the eductional policy and accreditation standards that will be released for public comment and feedback in spring 2021.  If you would like to provide feedback before the release of the full EPAS, please submit here.  

CSWE is committed to a comprehensive and thorough review process to develop a 2022 EPAS that reflects the excellence of social work education programs. Updates on the process will be shared in CSWE’s monthly newsletter, Compass, and on the CSWE website. If you have questions about the feedback process or experience technical problems with the online feedback system, please contact the CSWE Department of Educational Initiatives and Research at

EPAS 2022 Documents

Timeline of EPAS 2022 Revision—updated June 2020

Presentation slides from the 2020 Annual Program Meeting information and feedback session

Recommended educational policy changes for EPAS 2022, which offers an overview of the proposed educational policy changes for the 2022 EPAS

Draft 1 of the 2022 educational policy with tracked changes

Feedback Survey Report on Draft 1 of the 2022 educational policy