Social Work (BS) Program Assessment

Mission

The York College Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program is committed to undergraduate social work education of the highest academic rigor and professional relevance with a particular emphasis on serving diverse urban populations in the global context. The cohesive curriculum of the Program, built on a strong and well-integrated liberal arts base, is designed to educate students in the knowledge, skills, and values for generalist social work practice. The York College undergraduate Social Work Program prepares students for successful professional employment and advancement as well as graduate study in the field of social work. In a perpetually changing social landscape in the United States and global demands, social work higher education institutions are continuously engaged in the practice of self-assessment, rejuvenation, and adjustment to current demographic, cultural, and economic realities. York College of the City University of New York is located in Queens County, which is one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the nation. Students who attend York College speak 84 different languages; many of them are 1st generation immigrants who represent 125 different countries. Diversity on campus and at the Program level goes beyond ethnicity and is expressed in family structure, gender, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, and religion. One of the main pedagogical aspects of the York College Social Work Program is the emphasis on preparing students to work with diverse urban populations in a variety of practice settings. The complexity of the human condition in the context of a rapidly changing global environment and technological advances demands a high level of expertise and sophistication from social work practitioners. The Program prepares students through an effective integration of a liberal arts foundation with the social work knowledge base. The distinctive and effective pedagogies which characterize the York College Bachelor of Sciences degree in Social Work, equip students with a broad and cohesive generalist knowledge base and the skills that allow graduates to work competently as emerging social work practitioners and leaders, and who pursue graduate study in social work. The Program fully subscribes to the mission of York College expressed in the 2011 Strategic Plan: "York College enriches lives and enables students to grow as passionate, engaged learners with the confidence to realize their intellectual and human potential as individuals and global citizens."

Goals

  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice

The Social Work (BS) Program is part of the school of Health Sciences and Professional Programs, Social Work Department