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Social Work Program Gains Reaccreditation Until 2024

by Sarah Cushing - University Communications | Sep 08, 2016
Social Work
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) Social Work program received national recognition from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) once again, earning reaccreditation until 2024. Under the leadership of Associate Professor Debra Brown, D.Min., Social Work program director and Department of Behavioral Sciences chair, the program went through a yearlong arduous process. "It was a UVF community effort to acquire the CSWE reaccreditation to make this a successful endeavor," Brown said. 

Brown and Assistant Professor Karin McCadam, social work field placement director, wrote and submitted a 600-page, three volume self-study to show that the program meets accreditation requirements and standards. The submitted study was followed by a site visit by Janet Furness, Ed.D., director of the Masters in Social Work program at Nyack College in New York. Social work students stayed on campus after finals at the end of the spring 2016 semester to meet Furness. The reaccreditation was possible with the cooperation of administrators and staff from the Department of Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Board of Trustees and President's Cabinet who generously funded the process. 

Advanced standing is a significant outcome of the accreditation/reaccreditation process. UVF graduates who attend a CSWE-approved ​Bachelor of Social Work program may complete their master's degree studies in one year instead of two years. The reaccreditation represents UVF's commitment to high quality education and community service.