The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) is a standing committee of the Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS and is accountable to the Board. It is Co-Chaired by a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Commission on Accreditation. The primary purpose of the EPC is to periodically review and recommend amendments to CASWE-ACFTS educational policies and Accreditation Standards. The terms of reference provide a more detailed description of the purpose, responsibilities, composition, and operation of the EPC and the annual reports (see below) describe the committee’s activities.
The EPC is current Co-Chaired by Kathy Hogarth and Hélène Albert. Other committee members include Nico Trocme, Judy White, Francois Boudreau, Anita Vaillancourt, Mary Medcalf and Joanne Azevedo. If you are interested in the work of the EPC please contact Kathy Hogarth (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hélène Albert (Helene.email@example.com).
Update on EPAS2019
The work of EPAS2019 continued during the fall of 2017. [EPAS2019 refers to the review of our Educational Policies and Standards that will be completed in late 2019.] This fall CASWE-ACFTS members were invited to complete a survey about the strengths and needs of our current Standards for Accreditation. Thank you to those members who took the time to provide some insightful feedback.
Over the next three months the EPAS2019 project team will analyze previous research data, notes from previous dialogue sessions, reports received from various CASWE-ACFTS constituency groups, survey data, and relevant literature to prepare the 2018 Draft of CASWE-ACFTS Educational Policies and Standards. This draft will be available to members for review before the 2018 conference and there will be multiple opportunities for discussion and feedback during the conference.
The members of the Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS invite all members to make their contribution to this review process. More detailed information can be found here. If you would like to make any suggestions to the project team please contact the project lead, Dr. Carolyn Campbell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Process for Revising Educational Policy and Standards
In June of 2013 the BOD passed a motion instructing the EPC to “suggest a planned process for making long term, substantive changes to the Standards and Procedures for Accreditation”. After consulting with members of the BOD, the COA, Deans and Directors and the general membership the EPC prepared a document entitled Process for the development of educational policies and accreditation standards (EPAS 2019). This process was approved by the BOD in February of 2015.
Year one of the process addressed several key questions about Accreditation (see Briefing Note #1). These questions were discussed among all CASWE-ACFTS constituencies, and formed the basis of multiple dialogue sessions at the 2016 conference.
During year two (spring and fall of 2017), members are encouraged to engage in the EPAS2019 by addressing the following questions.
- From your lens or standpoint what do you consider to be the strengths and needs of current Standards for Accreditation?
- What level of prescription is appropriate for the Standards?
- What terms or phrases used within the current Standards of Accreditation need to be clarified or defined within an Accreditation Manual?
- Do you have any other comments or suggestions?
Below are two research reports that provide useful background information:
1. Content Analysis: A comparison between CASWE-ACFTS Educational Policy Statement and Standard for Accreditation and;
2. Accreditation Standards: Levels of Prescription