In 2010, The School of Social work instituted its Alternative Spring Break and International Student Learning partnership in Cape Town, South Africa. To date almost 70 students have attended this program along with faculty. The program emphasizes human rights.
In 2015, the School of Social Work celebrated 80 years of social work education. During this year long celebration, Alumna John Jacob presented the school with the John and Barbara Jacob endowed professorship. The celebration also included a conference that highlighted alumni and faculty who have invested in our legacy. See more details here.
Today the School of Social Work is a more complex institution than ever before. The curriculum is richer and enhanced by new courses, electives and concentrations. We have a number of course offered online. The student body is more diverse in terms of family background, geographic origin, nationally and internationally, age and persons with disabilities. Teaching remains the core faculty activity, however, research, knowledge development, training and technical assistance have become important areas of faculty activity. Research, knowledge development and funded projects are major aspects of the life of the School. The Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR) ranked both the MSW and PhD as top programs at the University.
In 2020, the U.S. News and World Report ranked our school in the top 20% of social work programs.
The goals of the School are to continue on the pathway of excellence as defined by our history and mission, and build upon past and present achievements. Our vision of linking practice, policy and action with research is being pursued through the E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research and the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center. Long-range planning and capital development are underway to further the goals of building endowments to support the core academic programs, faculty and students, doctoral and post-doctoral education, international programs, continuing education, distance learning and enhanced learning resource facilities.