2020 Strategic Plan
To ensure a well-educated social work profession equipped to promote health, well-being, and justice for all people in a diverse society.
To advance excellence and innovation in social work education and research by providing leadership, ensuring quality in teaching and learning, and strengthening the capacity of our member institutions.
- Provide leadership for the future of social work education.
- Promote quality teaching, learning, and scholarship to prepare graduates for the future of social work practice.
- Support the career development of students, faculty members and administrators.
- Foster a diverse, interconnected, and inclusive community of social work educators.
- Ensure CSWE provides exceptional value to its members and member institutions.
Strategic Goal 1: Provide leadership for the future of social work education
a. Serve as an authoritative source of information on the preparation of social workers
b. Collaborate with strategic partners to advance social work education and social justice domestically and globally, including Indigenous peoples
c. Provide thought leadership on critical issues facing social work education and research
d. Advocate for social work education and research within the profession and beyond
e. Support data informed decision-making on the future social work workforce
Strategic Goal 2: Promote quality teaching, learning, and scholarship to prepare graduates for the future of social work practice
a. Provide professional and faculty development opportunities to support social work educators in their roles
b. Provide curricular resources that exemplify quality and innovation in social work education
c. Support member institutions in developing and maintaining accredited programs
d. Promote and ensure educational quality and continuous improvement in accredited social work programs that facilitate the preparation of competent social workers
e. Promote research and scholarship that inform practice and build the science and knowledge base for social work students and educators
Strategic Goal 3: Support the career development of students, faculty members and administrators
a. Support students' pursuit of social work as a career
b. Assist faculty members in advancing through their academic career
c. Develop future leaders and administrators for social work education
d. Advance diversity and broaden the participation of historically underrepresented groups in social work and social work education
Strategic Goal 4: Foster a diverse, interconnected, and inclusive community of social work educators
a. Provide opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning about topics of shared interest
b. Provide forums to promote and disseminate research and scholarship that advance social justice, social work and social work education
c. Create opportunities for member engagement, volunteer leadership, and shared governance
Strategic Goal 5: Ensure CSWE provides exceptional value to its members and member institutions
a. Increase understanding of and engagement in the full array of programs and services CSWE offers its members
b. Invest in the systems and infrastructure CSWE needs to support member engagement and data-driven decision making
c. Foster an inclusive workplace culture at CSWE that hires, manages, develops, and retains talented and diverse employees
This strategic framework was approved by the CSWE Board of Directors on March 8, 2019. In Summer 2019, the Board endorsed 3-year specific outcomes that will advance each of these goals.
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