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UK College of Social Work Reaccredited

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“Accreditation speaks to the high quality of our faculty in terms of their teaching, research and service. It signifies that our curricula, in the Master’s in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work programs, meet the high standards of the Council on Social Work Education. It is an important means to ensure that only qualified students are admitted to our education programs.”

-- Kay Hoffman,
dean,
UK College of Social Work

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2003) -- The University of Kentucky College of Social Work recently received news to cheer about. After several years of hard work, the college was reaccredited for eight years by the Division of Standards and Accreditation Council on Social Work Education.

The college’s recent success was the direct result of the work put in by faculty and students who helped revise the Master of Social Work program to offer concentrations in mental health and in family and community practice.

“These are cutting edge programs emphasizing the application of research in practice, ethics and new knowledge in both fields,” said Kay Hoffman, dean, UK College of Social Work.

Although the college has enjoyed continuous accreditation since the 1970s, Hoffman said that accreditation continues to be vital to the college and its students since those who can sit for licensing examinations in social work must be graduates of an accredited program.

“Accreditation speaks to the high quality of our faculty in terms of their teaching, research and service,” Hoffman said. “It signifies that our curricula, in the Master’s in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work programs, meet the high standards of the Council on Social Work Education. It is an important means to ensure that only qualified students are admitted to our education programs.”

The College of Social Work was formed in 1972 after being known as College of Social Professions. The department of social work itself began at UK in 1947. The master’s program was instituted in the early 1970s and was quickly accredited in 1972 with the undergraduate program gaining its initial accreditation in 1974. The college also is the only college in Kentucky that offers its students three levels of expert education: undergraduate, graduate and doctoral.

“This is a small college, but it has a huge impact in the community,” Hoffman said. “At any one time, we have nearly 500 students in field internships, contributing to social services, child welfare services, mental health services and to health services all over Kentucky.”


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