History of Social Work
at Texas Tech University
The Council on Social work Education (CSWE) oversees all social work education programs at the bachelors and masters levels. Accreditation with CSWE provides reasonable assurance of the quality of social work education programs and the competence of graduating students. In order to be licensed as a practicing social worker in most states, a person must have a degree in social work from an institution that is accredited with CSWE.
The Social Work Program at TTU began during the 1967-68 academic year with 24 undergraduate students and three courses in related disciplines. In 1970, the Board of Regents approved Social Welfare as a major and the first Social Work faculty were hired. The next year, the program began offering its own courses with the SW prefix and was initially approved by CSWE. Three additional faculty positions were added in 1972. Full accreditation status was granted for the BASW program in 1978. The program has maintained its accredited status since that time. The most recent CSWE site visit and reaffirmation took place in 2008 with very positive results. We are currently on the schedule for a 2018 reaffirmation. Today, about 130 students at TTU are working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW). Students officially apply for and are granted full admission to the program about midway through their required major classes.
In the fall of 2015, the program admitted its first class of students working towards a Masters in Social Work. The MSW program is currently in candidacy status with CSWE, which means that we are working towards initial accreditation, a process that takes at least 3 years.
The TTU Social Work Program is growing considerably with the addition of the graduate program. By fall of 2018, we expect to have a full-time faculty size of 9 who will teach approximately 70 graduate and 130 undergraduate social work students here at TTU.
The Social Work Program at Texas Tech University prepares students to contribute to society through civic participation and professional social work practice. As critical thinkers and self-directed learners, graduates are able to simultaneously use self-awareness and sensitivity to the plight of humankind to promote social justice within our interdependent global community. The program is designed to integrate these fundamentals with the core principles and methods of social work, recognizing the context and consequences of professional practice.
Goals & Assessment
The Social Work Program has identified three goals for graduates. Our graduates will demonstrate identification with the tenets of the profession, sensitivity to the evolving context of practice, and the ability to function effectively in a practice environment.
These goals are explicated through competencies identified by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for all accredited social work education programs. Successful achievement of the competencies are assessed each year for both the BASW program and the MSW program.
Community Advisory Committee
The TTU Social Work Program elicits community input through its Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is made up by about 12 individuals in the community who practice social work or have an invested interest in the TTU Social Work Program. The CAC provides feedback and suggestions based on their understanding of the program, the needs of the community, and their experience with both current students and graduates of the program. The CAC functions according to bylaws.