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2022 EPAS

CSWE’s Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) and Commission on Accreditation (COA) have formed a joint committee to begin work on the 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). COEP is responsible for preparing a statement of social work curriculum policy to encourage excellence in educational programs at periodic intervals not to exceed 7 years. This policy is used by COA to formulate and revise accreditation standards.

The first step in this process is an environmental scan to learn which areas of the 2015 EPAS may need revision and areas that need to be added. After several meetings and public feedback sessions at national conferences, COEP selected five focus areas:  diversity, field education, data-driven standards, the changing resources in higher education and technology. These priority areas will be used to help identify and evaluate possible changes to the current nine competencies and accreditation policies and standards.

The Joint EPAS 2022 Committee will use the data from the environmental scan to begin connecting the findings to the 2015 EPAS and provide revision recommendations. The goal is to present the data and first draft of the 2022 EPAS to CSWE members at the CSWE 2019 Annual Program Meeting (APM). Click here to view the full timeline.

Sessions were held at the 2018 APM and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Annual Conference in March 2019 to provide updates on plans for the 2022 EPAS revision, seek feedback on the five focus areas, and further vet the relevance of each of the five areas. COEP and COA  surveyed all social work educators (faculty members, full-time professors, adjunct faculty members, administrators, etc.), social work practitioners, other health professionals, and all stakeholders in April 2019.