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Accreditation News Archive 

Last updated 1.27.2020 

News is listed in grouped topically and listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent news appearing first.  

Important Accreditation Updates from COA & DOSWA 

When important accreditation updates are available, an email blast is sent to all programs following each triannual COA meetingEmails are sent to the program’s selected primary contact and archiveon the CSWE websiteReview policy 1.2.4 Program Changes in the EPAS Handbook to update the primary contact.  

Note: Due to ongoing website updates, some links may change or be removed. Please contact the program’s accreditation specialist if you are seeking information related to an expired, inactive, or removed hyperlink.  

July 24, 2020

Dear Program Leaders,

During the June 2020 meeting the Commission on Accreditation (COA) made several policy changes and interpretation decisions and also clarified some issues of importance to CSWE’s accredited programs. The following information should be used when preparing accreditation materials for reaffirmation or for candidacy processes effective June2020.

Required Form Updates

  • Forms AS4 B (baccalaureate) and M (master’s) have been updated to provide additional clarity about requirements for posting competency-based student learning outcomes on a program’s public-facing website to satisfy the requirement of Accreditation Standard 4.0.3. These forms must be posted on program websites by August 1, 2020.  The forms can be found on the Accreditation Process page under the appropriate process tab (reaffirmation or candidacy).
  • Updated review briefs have been developed and approved by the COA to make a distinction between the candidacy and reaffirmation processes. These briefs clarify that compliance statements must be addressed across all program options and provide further instructions for completing the review brief. These briefs can be found on the Accreditation Process page under the appropriate process tab (reaffirmation or candidacy). These forms must be used by programs submitting documents December 1, 2020, and beyond.

Policy Updates

  • In response to internal and external feedback, and in alignment with higher education accreditation practices, the COA updated and voted to implement a revised Program Changes policy, Section 1.2.4 of the EPAS Handbook. The policy update includes a streamlined reporting process, new Substantive Change Proposal template, and new program option types and definitions. Section 1.2.4 covers the required policies and procedures for reporting programmatic changes implemented between accreditation review cycles. Review the policy to understand changes that do not require reporting, notification to accreditation staff, or a Substantive Change Proposal, and implications for failure to report changes. This policy is effective as of February 2020. The new proposal template is required for programs submitting substantive changes for the December1, 2020, deadline and beyond.
  • The Primary Contact Policy, Section 1.2.7 of the EPAS Handbook, requires streamlined communication between a program and CSWE. The primary contact is responsible for representing the program in all exchanges with CSWE and the public.
    • It is the program’s responsibility to notify the DOSWA when there is a change in primary contact, key program personnel, and/or institutional leadership. Review the steps outlined in Policy 1.2.4 regarding reporting changes in key personnel.
  • The purpose of the Integrity Policy, Section 1.1.15 of the EPAS Handbook, is to assert that in all relationships with the CSWE and its COA, a program communicates accurate and honest information.
  • The Formatting and Submissions Guidelines, Section 1.2.11 of the EPAS Handbook, was updated to clarify the formatting of documents being submitted to the COA and DOSWA. Clarifications include removal of physical copy requirements in lieu of electronic-only submission and removal of any references to appendices in program accreditation documents. Programs are required to include information and relevant documentation directly in response to that standard, rather than in appendices. This policy now reflects that all documents submitted to the COA and DOSWA, such as applications, waiver requests, progress reports, and more must adhere to formatting requirements.
  • The Postponement of Reaffirmation Review policy, section 1.2.2 of the EPAS Handbook, was updated to provide deadlines of when requests for postponements and agenda adjustments must be submitted to the DOSWA staff for review and approval. Programs may not submit the required request form earlier than two years before the submission of their self-study, and no later than two months before the submission of their self-study. In cases of extenuating or emergency circumstances, programs may request an adjustment or postponement from the Accreditation Specialist after the deadline. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Agenda adjustments will be issued once per decision type. Programs may take a maximum of 16 months for their reaffirmation review.

Interpretation Changes (located in the 2015 EPAS Interpretation Guide)

  • Clarified Interpretation regarding AS 3.2.3 and AS B/M 3.2.4: If the field director meets the minimum field director standards (AS 3.3.5), then the program may count the field director to fulfill the faculty standards.
  • Clarified Interpretation regarding AS M3.2.4: Any doctoral degree counts, including JD. However, ABD does not count as a doctoral degree.
  • Clarified Interpretation for AS B/M3.3.4(c): Overload is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Programs must make the case for sufficiency.
  • Clarified Interpretation for AS 4.0.1: Programs should assess all students and present data for all students.
  • Clarified Interpretation for AS B/M3.3.5(c) and AS B/M 3.2.4: Programs must explain what the administrative duties include and explain sufficiency.
  • Clarification for AS 4.0.1: Programs must provide the criteria for the basis of competency-based assessment (e.g., behaviors, rubric line items, demonstratable components of the competencies, etc.). Criteria clarifies: What is being observed? What are students performing? What are faculty or field personnel scoring to determine student’s competence?

COVID-19 Guidance (found on the Accreditation COVID-19 Response page)

  • Through May 31, 2021 , the reduction in field hours may be applied to all field placement courses that started prior to that date. Field placement courses that started prior to May 31, 2021 but will not end until after that date will also be eligible for the 15% reduction.
  • All reaffirmation and candidacy site visits will be held virtually through May 31, 2021.
  • The COA and DOSWA have created guidelines  and tips for conducting a virtual visit.
  • Programs submitting candidacy benchmarks and reaffirmation self-studies for the August 1 or December 1, 2020 deadline  must include an introductory page, not exceeding one page, explaining how their program has temporarily changed and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Training Dates

  • Spaces are available for the August 20-21, 2020 Reaffirmation training and the candidacy training on September 24-25, 2020. Both trainings are two half-day sessions. Please visit the accreditation training Web page  for the most up-to-date list of learning opportunities.
  • Our next webinar will be on Monday, September 14, 2020 | Welcome Back to the New School Year. Additional information about this and future interactive webinar sessions will be posted here  and announced to programs as they are scheduled.

April 9, 2020

Dear Program Leaders,
During the February 2020 meeting the Commission on Accreditation (COA) made several policy changes and interpretation decisions and also clarified some issues of importance to CSWE’s accredited programs. The following information should be used when preparing accreditation materials for reaffirmation or for candidacy processes effective February 2020.

Volunteers Needed!
The call for CSWE volunteers was announced on April 1, 2020. The Department of Social Work Accreditation (DOSWA) and the COA are seeking volunteers to join their diverse group of commissioners and site visitors, who represent a broad range of programs. Volunteers who can fluently read and speak Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

The COA Is Expanding!
The COA confers accreditation status for baccalaureate and master’s social work programs. Additionally, the COA is responsible for formulating accreditation standards and determining the criteria and process for evaluating these standards. Current or former site visitors may apply. To learn more about how to become a commissioner, click here.

Site Visitors
Site visitors support the reaffirmation process, visit social work programs, and gather clarifying information requested by the COA. To learn more about how to become a site visitor, click here.

Required Form Updates
  • Forms AS4 B (baccalaureate) and M (master’s) have been updated to provide additional clarity about requirements for posting competency-based student learning outcomes on a program’s public-facing website to satisfy the requirement of Accreditation Standard 4.0.3. These forms must be posted on program websites by August 1, 2020.
  • Updated review briefs have been developed and approved by the COA to make a distinction between the candidacy and reaffirmation processes. These briefs clarify that compliance statements must be addressed across all program options and provide further instructions for completing the review brief. These briefs can be found on the Accreditation Processes page under the appropriate process tab (reaffirmation or candidacy). These forms must be used by programs submitting documents August 1, 2020, and beyond.

News Resources

  • The self-study template is an optional tool for planning and writing Volume 1 of a reaffirmation or initial accreditation self-study. Volume 1 includes the narrative response to each standard and all required forms, matrices, and supporting documentation. This template is a helpful tool to ensure the program is clearly responding to the EPAS and addressing all components of the accreditation standards.
  • The 2015 EPAS Interpretation Guide is a companion document to the 2015 EPAS, providing programs with information for navigating the accreditation process and understanding the meaning, intent, and interpretation of the EPAS. This expansive guide includes information on the broader accreditation framework, 2015 EPAS framework, navigating the accreditation process, and standard-by-standard interpretations and tips.
  • Communications such as this email from the COA and DOSWA are now stored in our accreditation news archive.

Policy Updates

  • In response to internal and external feedback, and in alignment with higher education accreditation practices, the COA updated and voted to implement a revised Program Changes policy, Section 1.2.4 of the EPAS Handbook. The policy update includes a streamlined reporting process, new Substantive Change Proposal template, and new program option types and definitions. Section 1.2.4 covers the required policies and procedures for reporting programmatic changes implemented between accreditation review cycles. Review the policy to understand changes that do not require reporting, notification to accreditation staff, or a Substantive Change Proposal, and implications for failure to report changes. This policy is effective as of February 2020. The new proposal template is required for programs submitting substantive changes for the August 1, 2020, deadline and beyond.
  • The Primary Contact Policy, Section 1.2.7 of the EPAS Handbook, requires streamlined communication between a program and CSWE. The primary contact is responsible for representing the program in all exchanges with CSWE and the public.
    • It is the program’s responsibility to notify the DOSWA when there is a change in primary contact, key program personnel, and/or institutional leadership. Review the steps outlined in Policy 1.2.4 regarding reporting changes in key personnel.
  • The purpose of the Integrity Policy, Section 1.1.15 of the EPAS Handbook, is to assert that in all relationships with the CSWE and its COA, a program communicates accurate and honest information.
  • The Formatting and Submissions Guidelines, Section 1.2.11 of the EPAS Handbook, was updated to clarify the formatting of documents being submitted to the COA and DOSWA. Clarifications include removal of physical copy requirements in lieu of electronic-only submission and removal of any references to appendices in program accreditation documents. Programs are required to include information and relevant documentation directly in response to that standard, rather than in appendices.

Interpretation Changes (which can be found in the 2015 EPAS Interpretation Guide)

  • Clarified interpretation: Programs must use all behaviors as written in the 2015 EPAS for generalist practice. Programs may add behaviors for generalist practice, but they may not alter or delete behaviors.
  • Clarified interpretation regarding Accreditation Standard 3.1.4: Programs may only accept field education and practice course transfer credits from CSWE-accredited or candidate social work programs. However, if the program accepts field education and practice course transfer credits from programs not accredited by CSWE’s COA, it must explain how the program assesses course equivalency to comply with all AS 2.2. (field education) and AS 3.2.2 (practice course instructor qualifications) standards.

New Training Dates

Spaces are available for the candidacy training on September 25, 2020. Please visit the accreditation training Web page for the most up-to-date list of opportunities. In 2020 the DOSWA is developing a new format to make the 2015 EPAS training more accessible. Information will be available to programs later this year.

In January 2020, accreditation specialists piloted an interactive webinar series.
 
Past webinars: Our next webinar will be on Thursday, May 7, 2020 | Exploring and Applying for Candidacy. Additional information about this and future interactive webinar sessions will be posted here and announced to programs as they are scheduled.
 
We are committed to continually enhancing our offerings and services and look forward to our continued partnership with social work programs across the country.

Thank you,
Deana F. Morrow
Chair, Commission on Accreditation
Mary Deffley Kurfess
Director, Department of Accreditation

Assessment Instruments and Packages

 The COA does not endorse third-party, commercial, standardized, or customized assessment instruments and packages. Although the COA does not prohibit the use of these commercial packages, it is the responsibility of programs to have assessment plans with assessment measures that are compliant with the 2015 EPAS.


November 20, 2019  

Dear Program Leaders, 

Several decisions and clarifications of importance for programs came out of the October 2019 Commission on Accreditation (COA) meeting and Annual Program Meeting (APM). The following information should be used when preparing accreditation materials for reaffirmation or candidacy processes.  

Commercial Assessment Instruments and Packages 

The COA does not endorse third-party, commercial, standardized, or customized assessment instruments and packages. Although the COA does not prohibit the use of these commercial packages, it is the responsibility of programs to use assessment plans with assessment measures that are compliant with the 2015 EPAS. 

2019 APM

Nearly 800 program representatives attended the new information sessions and group consultations presented by Department of Accreditation staff at the 2019 APM. The new sessions included Overview of the 2015 EPAS, Candidacy, Frequently Cited Standards, and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes. Please view our PowerPoint presentations here 

Training Dates 

The Department of Accreditation routinely updates its Web page with dates scheduled for reaffirmation and candidacy workshops. Please check our training website to find the most up-to-date opportunities listed.  

Volunteer Opportunities 

  1. CSWE is seeking site visitors to support the reaffirmation process. Site visitors will visit social work programs and gather clarifying information that is being requested by the COA. We are seeking a diverse group of site visitors who represent a broad range of programs. Volunteers who can read, speak, and write fluently in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about how to become a site visitor, click here 

  1. CSWE is seeking current or former site visitors to join the COA. We are seeking a diverse group of commissioners who represent a broad range of programs. Volunteers who can read, speak, and write fluently in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Thank you, 

Deana F. Morrow, Chair 

Commission on Accreditation 

Mary Deffley Kurfess, Director 

Department of Accreditation 

June 27, 2019 

Updates From the Commission on Accreditation 

From the June 2019 Meeting 

Dear Program Leaders: 

During the June 2019 Commission on Accreditation (COA) meeting, members made important updates to policies and procedures for accredited programs. Please use the following information when preparing accreditation materials for reaffirmation or candidacy processes. 

NEW in June 2019 

The COA and the Department of Social Work Education are going paperless. This is applicable to all program applications, self-studies/benchmark documents, site visit and commission visit reports, program responses, progress reports, and all other accreditation-related documents. All documents should be sent on a USB drive or e-mailed to the relevant accreditation party. Any person seeking ADA-related accommodation relevant to this new policy should contact the program’s accreditation specialist. 

  • Site visit planning forms should be e-mailed to the site visit coordinator, Sheila Bell (SBell@cswe.org). 

  • Self-studies and benchmark documents should be sent to the accreditation specialist by the corresponding deadline of the COA meeting date. These documents should also be sent to the site or commission visitor no later than 30 days before the visit. 

  • Site visitors and commission visitors should send their reports to the specialist no later than 2 weeks after the visit has occurred. The specialist will then send the report to the program for response. 

  • Programs should send their responses—including all materials provided to the visitor during the visit—to the specialist no later than 2 weeks after receipt of the site visit or commission visit report. 

  • Progress and restoration reports should be sent to the specialist by the corresponding deadline of the COA meeting date. 

  • Letters notifying programs of adverse decisions will be sent via certified mail to the program. All other accreditation-related letters will be sent via e-mail. 

The Document Submission Policy (1.2.11 of the EPAS Handbook) states that programs are required to address all standards, including all program options, and to submit documents in the required format. Guidelines regarding the required format can be found with Policy 1.2.11. Failure to comply with these guidelines can result in having to revise and resubmit the documents for the next COA meeting. 

General Reminders 

Accreditation specialists are using a new technology for scheduling consultations. You can now schedule your consultations via YouCanBookMe. Find the link to book a consultation in your accreditation specialist’s e-mail signature. 

  • Programs should contact their accreditation specialists with any questions during and between reaffirmation cycles regarding standards, policies, or procedures. Please note that consultations are reserved for the program’s designated primary contact, who must be included in all accreditation-related communications. 

  • Programs are encouraged to explore, review, and obtain general accreditation information from the accreditation pages on the CSWE website, including policies, procedures, and resources. Consultations are intended for discussing program-specific inquiries with the specialist.  

Check the CSWE website for updated forms, samples, and relevant information prior to submitting documentation to an accreditation staff member. 

It is the responsibility of the program to report program changes to the COA and/or the Department of Social Work Accreditation. The Program Changes Policy (1.2.4 of the EPAS Handbook), discusses the types of notification required for various program changes. This includes reviewing the program’s listing in the Directory of Accredited Programs annually and submitting updated information to the program’s accreditation specialist. 

Site Visit Clarifications 

Programs should not request that visitors complete a W-9 form for reimbursement. Policy 2.3.4 of the EPAS Handbook states that requesting site/commission visitors to complete W-9 forms to be reimbursed is not supported by CSWE. Programs should prearrange travel accommodations and prepay all costs, leaving only nominal expenses for direct reimbursement to the visitor. If unable to find a solution for reimbursing volunteer visitor expenses, programs may contact Sheila Bell at SBell@cswe.org to request CSWE reimburse the visitor and invoice the program.

Site visitors are not to request a written response to the letter of instruction (LOI), nor are they obligated to review any additional written materials in advance of the visit beyond the self-study and LOI. The programs and site visitors are to use the LOI to guide the discussion during the visit. The program provides a written response only to the site visit report. 

In the site visit report, site visitors are not to refer to the self-study or any written materials the program prepared for the site visit. The site visitor should provide a summary of findings gleaned from program stakeholders during the campus-based meetings rather than quoting or referring the COA to program-developed documents. Visitors should not include program-provided materials in their reports. It is the program’s responsibility to demonstrate compliance with the standards and submit those supplemental documents in their program response.

New COA Chair 

CSWE would like to thank Dr. Andrew Safyer, who has served as chair of the COA for the last 4 years. Beginning July 1, Dr. Deana Morrow, West Virginia University, will begin a three-year appointment as chair of the COA. 

Thank you in advance for your attention to these updates. As always, please contact the program’s accreditation specialist with questions or concerns. We hope you have a great summer! 

 

April 26, 2019 

Updates From the Commission on Accreditation 

From the June and October 2018 Meetings 

Dear Program Leaders: 

During the June and October 2018 Commission on Accreditation (COA) meetings, members made several decisions and offered clarifications of importance about our accredited programs. The following information should be used when preparing accreditation materials for reaffirmation or candidacy processes. 

Item 1 

The Faculty Data Form has always been required to demonstrate compliance for the following accreditation standard: 

  • AS 3.2.1 The program identifies each full- and part-time social work faculty member and discusses his or her qualifications, competence, expertise in social work education and practice, and years of service to the program. 

The COA recently determined that if the Faculty Data Form is completed for each faculty member and contains all necessary information, an additional narrative biographical sketch is not required to satisfy this standard. We have also updated the form to include tables for certain pieces of information (e.g., education). The new form is located here. 

Item 2 

Specific documentation is now required to demonstrate compliance with the following accreditation standards: 

  • B3.3.4(b) The program provides documentation that the director has a full-time appointment to the social work baccalaureate program 

  • M3.3.4(b) The program provides documentation that the director has a full-time appointment to the social work master’s program 

An appointment letter from a direct supervisor or a letter from the personnel department is required, specifying that directors have full-time appointments to their respective programs. A statement in the self-study narrative does not suffice for compliance with this standard. 

Item 3 

The COA clarified expectations that baccalaureate social work graduates entering master’s programs will not repeat content previously achieved, such as course content or courses, as referenced in M3.1.1.  

  • M3.1.1 The program identifies the criteria it uses for admission to the social work program. The criteria for admission to the master’s program must include an earned baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association. Baccalaureate social work graduates entering master’s social work programs are not to repeat what has been achieved in their baccalaureate social work programs. 

The COA determined that because programs define what achievement means, using advanced standing admission as the mechanism for preventing repetition of previous achievement is enough. 

Item 4 

We also call your attention to clarification of the various decisions available to the COA during the reaffirmation process. The COA wishes to clarify for programs the definition of each decision and has made minor language changes or added language as shown below. Changes are shown in dark blue. Further, these updates are now reflected in the EPAS Handbook, Reaffirmation, Section. 2.6.1.

  1. Defer a Decision on Reaffirmation to the Next Meeting and Request Clarifying Information. The COA finds that the program’s documentation is insufficient to allow the COA to make a decision, so the program must submit the documentation or clarification necessary for the COA to make a decision at the next meeting. 

Note: A deferral is not an adverse action. The COA chooses to defer when additional information is needed to make an informed reaffirmation determination; this is not a negative reflection on the program. The COA makes this decision to give the program more time to sufficiently respond to one or more standards about which COA needs clarification. The program’s accreditation status will remain unchanged during the deferral period. 

General Reminders 

  1. Programs are welcome and encouraged to contact their accreditation specialist to ask any questions during and between reaffirmation cycles regarding standards, policies, or procedures. Please note that consultations are reserved for the program’s designated primary contact, who must be included in all accreditation-related communications. 

  1. Check the CSWE website for updated forms, samples, and relevant information prior to submitting documentation to accreditation staff.  

  1. The Document Submission Policy (1.2.11 of the EPAS Handbook) states that programs are required to address all standards, including all program options, and to submit documents in the required format. Guidelines regarding the required format can be found with policy 1.2.11. Failure to comply with these guidelines can result in having to revise and resubmit the documents for the next COA meeting. 

It is the responsibility of the program to report program changes to the COA and/or the Department of Social Work Accreditation (DOSWA). The Substantive Change Policy, policy 1.2.4 of the EPAS Handbook, discusses which type of notification is required for each type of program change. This includes reviewing the program’s listing in the Directory of Accredited Programs annually and submitting updated information to the program’s accreditation specialist. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

  1. CSWE is seeking site visitors to support the reaffirmation process. Site visitors visit social work programs and gather clarifying information as requested by the COA. To learn more about becoming a site visitor, click here. Volunteers who can fluently read Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. 

CSWE is seeking current or former site visitors to join the COA. Volunteers who can fluently read Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are being accepted through Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 

Site Visit Clarifications 

  1. Programs should not request that site visitors fill out a W-9 form for reimbursement. Policy 2.3.4 of the EPAS Handbook states that requesting site/commission visitors to complete W-9 forms to be reimbursed is not supported by the CSWE or the DOSWA. Programs should try to problem-solve first; if a solution is not found, they may contact Sheila Bell to request CSWE to reimburse the site visitor and invoice the program. 

  1. Site visitors may not ask for a written response to the Letter of Instruction (LOI), nor are they obligated to review any additional written materials in advance of the visit beyond the self-study and LOI. The programs and site visitors are to use the LOI to guide the discussion during the visit, but the program provides a written response to the site visit report only. 

In the site visit report, site visitors may not refer to the self-study or any written materials the program prepared for the site visit. The site visitor should provide a summary of findings gleaned from program stakeholders during the campus-based meetings rather than quoting or referring the COA to program documents. 

March 30, 2018 

Dear CSWE Faculty and Staff, 

The Department of Social Work Accreditation is pleased to share updates from the February 2018 Commission on Accreditation meeting. The Commission meets three times per year, and our department shares any news from those meetings related to candidacy, reaffirmation, accreditation standards, and the Commission’s expectations. 

Update 1: The Social Work Librarians submitted a proposal to the Commission to replace the Librarian’s Report to align with current library structures and practices. The Commission voted to accept the proposal, and the new form is located on the CSWE website for use by programs submitting self-studies from August 1, 2018, and beyond. Please use the Self-Study Forms tab to download the Librarian’s Report Form. 

Update 2: When programs submit a self-study, it should include syllabi for generalist and specialist practice courses on the curriculum matrix. The matrix is a map demonstrating how and where the program teaches the competencies; the syllabi for the courses on the matrix give the Commission additional information about each course, including assignments, readings, activities, etc. The EPAS Overview has been updated with this information. Please use the Resources tab on the CSWE website to find the updated 2015 EPAS Overview. 

Please contact your accreditation specialist if you have questions or need additional information. As always, our office is here to support your program through the accreditation process.  

Sincerely,  

CSWE Dept. of Accreditation and the Commission on Accreditation 

November 17, 2017 

Important Accreditation Updates for Your Program 

As we near the end of the fall semester, we would like to update you on several important items related to accreditation. The CSWE Department of Accreditation works closely with the Commission on Accreditation (COA) to answer interpretive questions, provide updated forms, and alert accredited programs to new policies and other important news. 
 
At the October 2017 COA meeting, the Commission resolved an interpretative question regarding data collection and reporting, and revised policies for informing CSWE about changes in programs between reaffirmation cycles. Those decisions are outlined below. 
 
Interpretation of the 2015 EPAS 
Accreditation Standard 4.0.1 requires programs to provide the COA with a comprehensive assessment plan and describe how they determine the percentage of students who achieve specific competency benchmarks. In recent reaffirmation training sessions, programs have asked whether the COA permits a random sample of students to be used for these calculations rather than data from all students who were assessed.  
 
The COA determined that data from all students assessed must be used when determining the percentage of students achieving the benchmarks. Please contact your accreditation specialist if you have questions about this interpretation. 

New Accreditation Review Brief 
The COA approved updated accreditation and candidacy review briefs, which are now posted on the CSWE website for your use. The review briefs require programs to list all program options for delivery of the curriculum and discuss each program option within specific standards listed on the accreditation review brief and candidacy review briefs. The COA also requires programs to discuss how accreditation standards are being met for the various program options (e.g., online, satellite campuses). Please contact your accreditation specialist if you have any questions about what constitutes program options or the new review briefs. 
 
Program Changes 
The EPAS Handbook contains policies and procedures for the accreditation process. One such policy covers reporting changes that occur in programs between reaffirmation cycles. After a comprehensive review of the policy and related procedures in this area, the COA voted to adopt a new policy consistent with their charge of ensuring compliance with accreditation standards. 
 
The most significant change in this policy relates to proposed online program options. The COA must now review any proposed online program option prior to the beginning of classes for that option. This policy is meant to assist programs in meeting accreditation standards. Accreditation specialists will continue to work with programs and provide feedback on proposals prior to the COA review. The accreditation specialists will also share any feedback from the COA on proposals. 
 
The new policy, which can be found in Section 1.2 of the EPAS Handbook, provides deadlines and procedures for each type of program change. The policy is also posted under the Accreditation Process section of our website. 

Please contact your accreditation specialist or the director of accreditation if you have questions about the program change policy. We are happy to assist you! 

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General Accreditation News 

This section is forthcoming.  

2022 EPAS 

This section is forthcoming 

Practice Doctoral (DSW) Accreditation 

This section is forthcoming.