The College strives to maintain its level of excellence in training and producing qualified graduates that will create avenues for genuine people’s participation in local as well as for by optimizing its Research and Extension Services in response to the growing people – initiated development actions taking in Western Mindanao.
Through quality Education, the College envisions a transformed Society where empowered people live in a community, which is just, prosperous, gender-sensitive and free.
The College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) shall continue to:
•To produce quality and competent social workers and community development workers.
•To serve as a training ground for social workers and community development workers that will act as change agents in the transformation and creation of empowered and interdependent communities.
•To conduct continuous research work that will improve academic instruction and provide vital information to social and development workers; and
•To establish updated regional information system and network that will facilitate information sourcing sharing and - Dissemination among the academic, governmental agencies and private development organizations.
The College of Social Work and Community Development has been in existence for more than 4 decades in its academic performance thus, delivering and maintaining its level of excellence in training and producing qualified graduates as well as by optimizing its research and extension services in response to the growing people – initiated development actions taking in Western Mindanao.
The college is offering two (2) Baccalaureate degrees and one (1) graduate program. Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program commenced in summer of 1970 under the General Education Department of the Zamboanga State College, now the Western Mindanao State University. The opening of the Social Work Program was initiated by the group of Social Welfare personnel headed by the late Mr. Leovigildo Saa, who submitted to the President of the college Dr. Domingo Soriano.
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) was ratified by the Board of Trustees under Board Resolution No.# 11 series of 1970, with the first enrollees coming from the Department of Social Welfare Regional Office 9 who then was the first batch of graduates in March 1973.
The course started with seven (7) part-time instructors and Prof. Gloria Cecilia Lopez Bernal employed as the first full time faculty on December 1972. The Department of Social Work Program, which was under the College of Arts and Science became a COLLEGE in December 10, 1985 with strength of six (6) full time faculty members and an Officer In-Charge in the person of Prof. Gloria Cecilia Lopez Bernal who later became a Dean of the college in 1987. Over forty (40) years the graduates of the B.S. Social Work were given Social Work position in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), City Social Welfare and Development office (CSWDO) and Provincial Welfare Office (PWO) in various Provinces and cities not only in Region 9, but both in national and international arena.
They rose from the ranks of Social Workers to Senior Social workers, Supervising Social Workers, Provincial Welfare Officers, Program Analyst, Specialist, Assistant Regional Directors, Regional Directors, and Social Welfare attaché. The Bachelor of Science in Community Development (BSCD) was proposed as additional course offering of the college in 1993 by the virtue of Board Resolution No.# 41 dated May 23, 1993. Simultaneously the taxonomy of the college of Social Work was change to COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. In addition to the two baccalaureate degrees- Bachelor of Science of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Community Development. The Masters of Social Work was offered in 1992 with three majors in Social Administration, Community Organization and Clinical practice.
The college for these years was under the leadership of five (5) deans who made their own momentous accomplishments in maintaining and enhancing the educational programs to wit: Prof. Gloria Cecilia Lopez Bernal (1987-1992), Prof. Emerita Tejero Basilio (1992- 1997), Dr Bagian Aleyssa Acmad Abdulkarim (1997-2006), Prof. Eulyn Huminis Tangalin (2006-2011) and Prof. Victoria Genturales Alojado (2011 to present). It produced academic awardees such as Suma Cum Laude, Magna Cum laude and various Cum Laudes at the same time top notchers in the Social Work licensure examination (8th place in 1987, 6th place in 1990, first place in 1994 and 1995 respectively) and in 1996 named as one of the best school of Social Work by the NASWEI. Currently the college has a remarkable growth, with thirteen (13) regular faculty members, and ten(10) part- time lecturers for the first semester school year 2011-2012 and twelve(12) visiting lecturers in second semester respectively in the same academic year who are teaching separately in three (3) course offering: B.S. in Social Work, B.S.Community Development and Masters in Social Work with majors in Social Administration, Community organization and Clinical Social Work Practice. Student enrolment went up to seven hundred seventy two (772) in the first semester and seven hundred fifty three (753) on the second semester School Year 2011-2012. (MISTO data).
The year 2014 marked the 44 years of existence of the BSSW course based on Board of Regent Resolution (BOR), Series of 1970 under the General Education Department of the then Zamboanga State College. As a College of Social Work and Community Development, she was 29 years old last December 10, 2014 with three curricular offerings: BSSW,BSCD and Master in Social Work. The BS Community Development was offered on May 23, 1993 on BOR 41 Series of 1993 and the Master in Social Work (MSW) on February 27,1991 by virtue of BOR Resolution No.. 26 Series of 1991. The Masters of Social Work has three majors in Social Administration, Community Organization and Clinical practice.
On September 23-26, 2014, the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) Survey Team holds a Preliminary Survey Visit of the three curricular offerings of the college such as BSSW,BCD and MSW. The college got a score of 4.5 which means that in six months to one year a preparation for the candidate status for level 1 will have to commence.
Leadership in the college was female dominated. The college for these years was under the leadership of five (5) deans who made their own momentous accomplishments in maintaining and enhancing the educational programs to wit: Prof. Gloria Cecilia Lopez Bernal (1987-1992), Prof. Emerita Tejero Basilio (1992- 1997), Prof. Bagian Aleyssa Acmad Abdulkarim ( September 1, 1997- May 30, 2006), Prof. Eulyn Huminis Tangalin ( June 1, 2006- March 30, 2011) and Prof. Victoria Genturales Alojado (April 2011 to June 30,2014) and the return to the deanship of Dr. Bagian Aleyssa A. Abdulkarim effective first semester, SY 2014-15.
The college has produced academic awardees such as Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum laude and various Cum Laudes at the same time topnotchers in the Social Work licensure examination (8th place in 1987, 6th place in 1990, first place in 1994 and 1995 respectively) and in 1996 named as one of the Best School of Social Work by the National Association of Social Work Education Inc. (NASWEI). This is a recognized association of Social Work Education by Commission of Higher Education with a membership of 79 schools of Social Work and the Association of Social Work Education –Asia Pacific Region and International Federation of Schools of Social Work Distinctly , the first time in the history that the student population reached the thousand mark (1007) for the undergraduate and graduate level.