Skip to main content

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: 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)
  • 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

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.

Feedback Collection Methods

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 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. 

To help us reach the next phase, we ask that interested participants complete this feedback survey of the 2022 EPAS first draft by May 18, 2021. The feedback from this survey will be incorporated into the second draft of EPAS, which will be released in fall 2021. The Joint Committee will also be soliciting feedback during the following forums:

  • The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors spring 2021 conference
  • The National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work spring 2021 conference
  • CSWE Council on Field Education Town Hall

For questions or technical assistance regarding the online survey, please contact Julie Rhoads at  

EPAS 2022 Documents