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Mission Statement and Program Goals

UMBC Mission Statement

UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.

School of Social Work  Mission Statement

Our mission at the University of Maryland School of Social Work is to develop practitioners, leaders and scholars to advance the well-being of populations and communities and to promote social justice.  As national leaders, we create and use knowledge for education, service innovation, and policy development.

Baccalaureate Social Work  Mission Statement

Through excellence in teaching, research and service, the Baccalaureate Social Work Program, University of Maryland School of Social Work, prepares students for generalist social work practice inclusive of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities across a widely ranging geographic region. The program is committed to the core social work values and ethics of: belief in the dignity and worth of all individuals; a commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice; and practicing with integrity and competence.

Baccalaureate Social Work Program Goals

The goals of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program are to:

1)  educate beginning generalist social workers to demonstrate competence in the self-critical and accountable use of the profession’s conceptual, ethical, practical, theoretical and empirical underpinnings, and be able to integrate this knowledge with the liberal arts perspective; and 2) engage in scholarship to enhance the quality of social work education and practice.

UMBC Statement of Values for Academic Integrity
In February 2001, the Faculty Senate affirmed the importance of UMBC’s values and practices by adopting the Statement of Values for Academic Integrity that is placed on most course syllabi:

Academic integrity is an important value at UMBC. By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC’s scholarly community in which everyone’s academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal.

The purposes of higher education are the learning students and faculty undertake, the knowledge and thinking skills developed, and the enhancement of personal qualities that enable students to be strong contributing members of society. In a competitive world, it is essential that all members of the UMBC community uphold a standard that places integrity of each student’s honestly earned achievements above higher grades or easier work dishonestly sought (https://oue.umbc.edu/ai/).

Undergraduate Honor Statement
All members of the UMBC community are expected to make a commitment to academic honesty in their own actions and with others. To this end, UMBC undergraduate students also adopted the following Undergraduate Honor Statement as it describes the high standards to which everyone in the community will be held:

I hereby assume the responsibilities of an engaged member in a scholarly and civic community in which academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. It is my active participation that affirms these principles and gives them true meaning as well as value in my education. I realize that by committing acts of dishonesty I hurt myself and place an indelible mark on the reputation of UMBC. Therefore, I will not cheat, fabricate materials, plagiarize, or help another to undertake such acts of academic dishonesty, nor will I protect those who engage in acts of academic dishonesty (https://oue.umbc.edu/ai/).