Conclusion

As the Indiana University School of Social Work sets its course over the next 3-5 years, we understand now better than ever that events out of our control may alter our immediate and future directions. Social Work is a profession that demands flexibility and real-time response if we are to meet the needs of communities and the educational needs of the students we prepare to serve in our communities.

Our strategic plan is the culmination of a year-long data collection effort and planning process involving multiple groups of stakeholders contributing their ideas to a shared vision of the IU School of Social Work. While ambitious, our plan includes four strategic pillars to guide actionable steps in concert with our newly revised mission. We seek an inclusive environment for all stakeholders, an enhanced educational experience for our students, an improved infrastructure to support our people and operations, and increased local and global engagement with communities. To achieve such gains, we must align our investments and actions with our goals. Our faculty, students, staff, alumni and community partners are ready to engage in the work of today to build a better tomorrow.

The IU School of Social Work aims to uphold its rich 109-year history as Indiana’s premier public educator of social workers. We welcome you to join us in Giving Hope and Changing Lives as we journey together with courage, humility and perseverance in service and leadership in fulfillment of our newly established mission.