BU Graduate Program In Social Work Receives Accreditation

Aug. 21, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's graduate program in social work has received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

Dr. Diana Garland, chair and professor of social work, said Baylor received preliminary notification from CSWE Aug. 14. She said full accreditation is vital because social work students must graduate from an accredited program to qualify for professional job opportunities.

"Our students now will have degrees from an accredited institution, which means they can apply for and receive state licensure," Garland said.

Baylor began the accreditation application process in 1998, and the following year offered the first classes leading to the master's of social work (MSW) degree. The inaugural MSW class of 17 students graduated in May 2001.

According to Garland, members of the accreditation team had high praise for Baylor.

"They were very impressed with what we have done and were particularly impressed that we had integrated faith with professional social work practice in what they said was a highly ethical way," she said.

For more information, contact Garland at (254) 710-6223 for visit the Baylor School of Social Work web site at www.baylor.edu/Social_Work/ .

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