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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.