The mission of the social work program is to prepare social work practitioners who demonstrate and practice the critical thinking skills, values, ethics, and knowledge delineated by the CSWE guidelines and the NASW Code of Ethics.
1. Maintain excellent BSW and MSW programs that provide an educational experience which prepares generalist practitioners at the BSW level and advanced clinical-community social work practitioners at the graduate level who are prepared with an understanding of the profession’s history, purpose and philosophy and committed to the profession and to working with systems of various sizes including individuals, families, and groups.
2. Continue to promote a culturally diverse, student-centered learning environment devoted to the needs and interests of our student body where students can integrate the knowledge, values, ethics and skills of the profession into their practice and to assume positions of leadership.
3. Collaborate with and serve the region, the university, the public, voluntary agencies, and the global community as a resource for current, relevant and quality social work education.
4. Contribute to the development and application of knowledge in social work practice by supporting the teaching, scholarship and community service of the faculty.