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Published on Friday, March 31, 2023

GADE Announces 2023 Quality Guidelines

March 31, 2023: The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE) today announced unanimous approval of the 2023 GADE Quality Guidelines for PhD Programs in Social Work by the GADE membership at the Annual Business Meeting held during the 2023 GADE Annual Conference. 

The Guidelines serve as a vital resource for the development, administration, and ongoing assessment of social work PhD programs. First issued in 1992, they are updated about every 10 years to keep pace with changes in higher education, the social work profession and the broader society. The 2023 Guidelines have added emphases, for example, on antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion and on the importance of mentorship and academic advising.  

Dr. Denise Burnette, GADE President, added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to express our deep gratitude to members of the task force, multiple professional constituents who provided critical input and feedback during the development process, and the broader GADE community for their support and endorsement of the 2023 GADE Quality Guidelines.”

To learn more and access the GADE Quality Guidelines, visit


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The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) is an organization of more than 100 social work doctoral program directors from member institutions. Founded in 1977, our mission is to promote excellence and equity in social work doctoral education through networking, capacity building, and stewardship of the profession. Toward that end, members share knowledge and resources that support innovation and excellence in doctoral education for developing and existing programs; promote the development of doctoral students in all their diversity and publicly recognize their achievements and contributions to the profession; and represent and promote the interests and concerns of social work and social welfare doctoral programs in the larger profession. Since 1992, GADE has strived to codify and unify these goals and principles in its Quality Guidelines for PhD Programs in Social Work.


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