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Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


What's New

CSWE and NASW welcome the new representatives and senators of the 117th Congress.  
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) welcomes the inauguration of Joe Biden as our 46th president and the historic inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday. This inauguration marks an opportunity to set ambitious goals to work with the administration to advance social work education and improve access to higher education. The inauguration ceremonies also remind us of the challenges our nation faces and the work needed to overcome racism and injustice.

CSWE Hires New Vice President of Education
As the Council welcomes Tanya Smith Brice, it also recognizes a decade of accreditation leadership from Mary Deffley Kurfess
CSWE recently welcomed Tanya Smith Brice, PhD, MSW as the vice president of education. Smith Brice brings extensive leadership and expertise in higher education and social work to CSWE and will lead the organization’s pursuit of promoting quality education and supporting the career development of students, faculty members, and administrators.

CSWE Promotes Research Findings Over the Airwaves
Using radio interviews to discuss the importance of social work and facts from the 2020 workforce report
CSWE President and CEO Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW, spread awareness of a key finding from CSWE’s recent National Workforce Initiative report in radio programs and podcasts in major markets across the country. She also used these interviews to educate listeners on how in-demand social workers are and how to get started in a career in social work.