About Our School
Mission, Goals and Objectives
The School of Social Work (SOSW) Mission
The mission of the School of Social Work, in accordance with Colorado State University’s land grant heritage and the College of Health and Human Science’s mission, and in compliance with the Council on Social Work Education Accreditation Standards (2008), is to:
Enhance human health, well-being, and productivity through the promotion of human rights, social & economic justice, and religious & spiritual tolerance to achieve healthy, and productive people with equitable resources in diverse settings. The School aims to advance and strengthen interdisciplinary and collaborative knowledge through teaching, research, service and evidence-based practice, to prepare undergraduate and graduate students, with the use of evidence based practice, for culturally competent professional and ethical Generalist and Advanced Generalist social work practice and leadership.
School Goals and Objectives
As an integral member of Colorado State University and the College of Health and Human Sciences, the School’s goals are articulated in a manner that is congruent with the goals of the university and college. The following goals are organized to reflect the association of the School of Social Work to university aims.
Provide a High-Quality Undergraduate and Graduate Education Experience
- Draw on the profession’s body of knowledge, values, and skills;
- Prepare students for generalist and advanced generalist social work practice and, at the PhD level, prepare students for advanced teaching and research professional positions;
- At the BSW level, build on the comprehensive liberal arts foundation of the all-university Core Curriculum;
- Strengthen generalist and advanced generalist practice by the incorporate of evidence-based research knowledge with a multicultural, global perspective;
- Incorporate social work curricula that recognizes the profession’s responsibility in a multicultural, global society including: the promotion of human rights, religious tolerance, respect for human and spiritual diversity, and the redress of social and economic injustices that limit human potential and capital; and
- Use systematic and on-going feedback to inform and refine the curricular impact on student competency, attainment, and development.
Create an Environment that Contributes to Faculty and Student Professional and Educational Development
- Build educational opportunities that challenge students’ learning through the development and utilization of evidence-based social work knowledge;
- Enhance students’ learning through the application of critical thinking skills in the classroom and field education;
- Promote and facilitate collaborative and individual research opportunities for faculty and students within the university, college, and school environment;
- Aid faculty in the procurement of interagency contracts, grants, and research opportunities that contribute to the advancement of professional social work practice knowledge with a global and/or multicultural foci;
- Recruit and retain international and culturally diverse students and faculty members, and an organizational culture that promotes collegiality and support;
- Facilitate the dissemination of faculty research and scholarly products at the local, state, national, and international levels; and
- Instill in students a commitment to social work values and ethics in professional practice.
Promote a Regional, National, and Global Perspective that Advances Social and Economic Justice Using Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Efforts
- Enhance the curricula with the inclusion of global issues such as human rights, social and economic justice, spiritual and religious tolerance, and the interconnectedness of all human, social, and political problems;
- Collaborate in the development of interdisciplinary teaching/learning opportunities between social work and other university faculty to augment the social work curricula;
- Develop problem-solving and critical thinking capabilities for students by the inclusion of class assignments, activities, and readings that teach from a multicultural and diverse global social work perspective; and
- Sponsor Centers, Institutes, and a Social Work Research Center, and disseminate research-based information/knowledge to help improve the welfare of the community and human service organizations in Colorado, the nation, and the international community.
Develop and Provide Innovative Educational Outreach Teaching and Student Learning Opportunities for the MSW Program
- Assist and respond to the educational and training needs of human/social services providers in the state through the provision of a distance education MSW program;
- Implement an accessible weekend MSW program for social workers;
- Implement a continuing education program that will facilitate the earning of CEU’s necessary for social workers to maintain licensure;
- Ensure the provision of programmatic, educational, and IT resources for students enrolled in the distance education program that are necessary to their success and to the availability, accessibility, and effectiveness of the MSW program; and
- Create an environment in the distance education program that promotes inclusiveness and interconnectedness to the CSU-based program student body and faculty involvement.
Enhance and Ensure the Acquisition of Resources Needed to Achieve the Goals and Objectives Set Forth by the School of Social Work
- Maintain a fiscally viable and pro-active budget for the School;
- Develop and implement fiscally sound strategies to support the work of the faculty, staff, and students associated with the various programs of the School; and
- Ensure that faculty, students, and staff have the appropriate technology and the physical space necessary for the continued success of the School.