Mission, Goals and Objectives
The undergraduate social work program at Austin Peay State University reflects the faculty’s concern to fill a need for compassionate, ethical, knowledgeable and skilled generalist social workers who are committed to practice in the aid of vulnerable and oppressed groups and advance human rights. The program seeks to provide an educational experience which opens students’ minds and hearts to social work’s historical commitment to social betterment, peace and justice.
Through holding high the vision and purposes of social work, the program aims to inspire students to be proactive as generalist social workers in building a more just and equitable future in which access to life sustaining resources and opportunity structures is not thwarted by one’s race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, age, culture, religion or disability.
The programs focuses on educating generalist practitioners who build on the strengths and resources of people and their environments, engage in advocacy, and use empowerment as a guiding principle toward achieving personal, interpersonal, social and economic justice. With and through its graduates, the program strives to contribute to the uplifting and well-being of people in our respective communities as well as the profession itself.
Graduates who honor diversity, uphold the highest ethical standards and practice the creative art of blending social work knowledge, values, and skills in the helping process are the program’s greatest hope for the future.
The program’s mission embraces not only the art, heart and conscience of social work but also the central importance of research-guided knowledge and problem-solving in nurturing the science of social work. Educating graduates who value research and use a reasoned approach for assessing, intervening, and evaluating practice outcomes related to planned change forms a significant aspect of the program’s mission. In this manner, the program seeks to increase the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountable, empirically-based practice, knowledge building and sharing of their own practice wisdom.
The program’s mission also recognizes the mounting impact of information technology on how social workers work and the implications for lifelong learning. The program seeks to strengthen social workers’ use of information technology by graduating students who have a good foundation of information literacy competencies upon which to build and lead as “next generation” twenty-first century practitioners.
Rapidly advancing technology and the knowledge explosion have tremendous significance for lifelong learning. Both sharply influence not only what is to be learned but also how. Influencing a commitment to lifelong learning is integral to the program’s mission of “passing the torch” effectively and enriching the future of social work in our region.
In summary, the program’s mission is to advance the presence of professional social work and strengthen social work practice in the region and respective communities where graduates choose to work. It is a mission of educating students to build on the strengths and resources of people and their environments, engage in advocacy and use empowerment as a guiding principle toward achieving personal, interpersonal, social and economic justice. The mission is linked to a broader purpose of promoting human well-being and social betterment.