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UW Social Work Program Accreditation Reaffirmed
February 28, 2011 — The Council on Social Work Education has reaffirmed the University of Wyoming Division of Social Work for the full eight-year cycle.
"This reaffirmation assures that social work students are receiving an accredited, quality program of study that leads to two professional degrees: the bachelor of social work degree and the master of social work degree," says Associate Professor Vicki Murdock, Social Work Program director in the College of Health Sciences.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) credited UW's Division of Social Work for its clear focus on social justice, diversity and difference, and its mission to improve the lives of people in Wyoming and beyond.
"With a new, competency-based curriculum, the BSW and MSW programs will offer education that ensures that each student has met initial competence to practice generalist (BSW) and advanced generalist (MSW) social work when they graduate as professionals in the field," Murdock says.
To achieve reaccreditation, UW underwent a multi-step accreditation process that involved program self-studies, site visits and reviews conducted by the CSWE's Commission on Accreditation.
The CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, plus graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. It is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the nation's sole accrediting agency for social work education.
As of February, there are 471 accredited baccalaureate social work programs and 208 accredited master's social work programs.
CSWE promotes and strengthen the quality of social work education by preparing competent social work professionals. This is accomplished by setting and maintaining policy and program standards, accrediting bachelor's and master's degree programs in social work, promoting research and faculty development and advocating for social work education.
Rhiannon Lee Wenn of Sheridan, a University of Wyoming senior in social work, studies in Knight Hall. The UW Division of Social Work offers an accredited, quality program of study that leads to two professional degrees: the bachelor of social work degree and the master of social work degree. (UW Photo)