National council reaffirms BSW accreditation
The Council on Social Work
Education (CSWE) has reaffirmed Shippensburg University's bachelor of social
work program accreditation for eight years.
In its recent letter to
University President Bill Ruud, Dr. Wynne Sandra Korr, chair of the Commission
on Accreditation, announced reaffirmation of the program's accreditation until
June, 2018. The approval was based on various criteria including review of a
self-study by the social work department as well as a site visit by
representatives of the council.
"Shippensburg is proud to
again receive this important validation of the quality of our social work
program," Ruud said. "This approval signifies that our program meets rigorous
national standards and ensures that our students are receiving an education
that will enable them to meet their professional goals. It is a testament to
the outstanding work by faculty in the department and their commitment to the
program and their students."
According to its website, the
council was founded in 1952 and is a nonprofit national association
representing more than 3,000 individual members, and graduate and
undergraduate programs of professional social work education. It is recognized,
the site says, as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the
U.S. The website also notes that "Social work education
programs that are accredited by CSWE have met a series of rigorous standards
designed by leading social work educators and practitioners to ensure that
students are adequately prepared for professional practice."
The Commission on
Accreditation, according to the website, "confers accreditation status on schools of social
work and baccalaureate social work programs. Additionally, the commission is
responsible for both formulating accreditation standards and policies, and
determining the criteria and process for evaluating these standards."
More information about
Shippensburg's program is available online at http://www.ship.edu/Social_Work or
by calling 477-1717.