The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit organization responsible for accrediting institutions of social work education in the United States, including graduate and undergraduate programs, social welfare agencies, and professional institutions. CSWE has existed since 1952, which the organization began discussing ways to regulate social work education and provide professional standards. CSWE has developed extensive rules and regulations for any social work program hoping to become accredited, including courses required by CSWE, field practicum guidelines, and other requirements surrounding social work schools.
CSWE is governed by a Board of Directors, which is composed of representatives from educational programs, faculties, ethnic minority groups, and private citizens. These board members are elected by CSWE members and also serve on various commissions, including the Commission on Accreditation, the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, the Commission on Educational Policy, the Commission on Global Social Work Education, the Commission on Professional Development, the Commission on Research, and the National Nominating Committee. (more…)