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Social Work programs receive CSWE reaccreditation, candidacy

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program has received reaccreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation until 2024.

Accreditation of the baccalaureate social work program indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process and demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Additionally, Northeastern’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program was granted candidacy for accreditation by the CSWE. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Accreditation allows students to be eligible for advanced-standing MSW programs such as Northeastern’s as well as pursue state licensure.

“This is great news for the program, the students and Northeastern as we continue to be one of the most affordable public universities in the Midwest,” Professor and Social Work Program Chair Jade Stanley said.

Students who enter programs that attain candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.

The CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, the partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.