WILBERFORCE — Central State University’s social work program has been awarded accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
The first accreditation covers both degrees awarded in social work — the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science — and is effective through June 2021. The designation assures students of the quality of Central State’s instruction.
“It’s a great honor that the Department of Social Work has received the approval of the social work degree by the Council on Social Work Education,” said Dr. Pedro Martinez, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Receiving full accreditation validates that CSU’s social work program has met the accreditation standards of quality and that it provides our students with a superior academic experience.”
Accredited social work programs must include field experience that connects theory and practice. Students can be assured of getting at least 400 hours of field experience in the baccalaureate program.
“Central State University is committed to advancing students through liberal and professional studies programs of quality and distinction,” said Dr. George Arasimowicz, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. “Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education ensures quality and professional standards. Central State University is proud to uphold CSWE standards on behalf of its learning and service communities.’’
Dr. Charlla Allen, director of Central State’s social work program, said, CSU’s baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for beginning employment in social work or for graduate study.
“This programmatic accreditation ensures that the graduate will be recognized as one who is academically prepared for a candidate for a licensed professional, for practice within the 50 states of the USA. With a degree from a CSWE-accredited program, a social worker is more mobile and has a greater expectation that the credentials will follow him or her,” Allen said.
Story courtesy Central State University.