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2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

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 (COA) 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: Shirley Gatenio-Gabel, chair (Fordham University); Antoinette Farmer (Rutgers University); Brian Anderson (Jackson State University); Cynthia Franklin (University of Texas at Austin) Melissa Reitmeier, chair, Council on Field Education (University of South Carolina)
  • COA representatives: Deana Morrow, chair (West Virginia University); Michele Hanna (University of Denver); Shelly Wiechelt (University of Maryland Baltimore) Thomas Walsh (Boston College); Francis Origanti (Sacred Heart University)
  • Commission on Research representative (advisory): Shari Miller (University of Georgia)
  • CSWE staff: Dr. Tanya Smith Brice, vice president of education; Megan Fujita, executive director of accreditation, Julie Rhoads, director of educational initiatives and research; Marilyn Gentner, accreditation specialist

First Draft of 2022 EPAS

COEP and COA are pleased to announce the first draft of the 2022 EPAS.   

The first draft of the proposed changes for the 2022 educational policy was distributed for public review and comment in fall 2019. Results of the feedback are available here. The COEP, COA, and 2022 EPAS Joint Committee evaluated the feedback and implemented recommended changes to respond to the changing environment. The full draft developed from this process, including educational policy and accreditation standards, is now available for review.

The Joint Committee collected feedback from members and constituents through a Web survey. The survey closed on May 18, and the Joint Committee is using the feedback to prepare Draft 2 of the 2022 EPAS.

The Joint Committee will solicit feedback from as many constituents as possible in as many ways as possible. CSWE is committed to a comprehensive and thorough review process to develop a 2022 EPAS that reflects the excellence of social work education programs. 

2022 EPAS Documents

2022 EPAS Implementation Timeline and Information

Programs on the June 2025 agenda for reaffirmation (self-study submission August 1, 2024) or later will use the 2022 EPAS to prepare their self-studies. Programs submitting self-studies prior to this date will have an option to use the 2015 or the 2022 EPAS. Programs submitting substantive change reports August 1, 2022, or later will use the 2022 EPAS. Programs applying for candidacy July 1, 2022, or later will use the 2022 EPAS for their benchmark documents.

 All programs are expected to operate under the 2022 EPAS by July 1, 2025. Programs granted initial accreditation or reaffirmed under the 2015 EPAS after July 1, 2024, will have 1 year from their initial accreditation date or reaffirmation date to transition to the 2022 EPAS.

Please note, information related to the 2022 EPAS implementation timeline is subject to change, pending approval of the final 2022 EPAS. 

The 2022 EPAS is still in draft form. Programs are encouraged to wait until the final version of the 2022 EPAS is published before making major changes to align with any draft standards, which are subject to change.

 Additional information, resources, training opportunities, and the 2022 EPAS will be made available and shared directly with programs once the 2022 EPAS is approved.