PNW’s Social Work program has received formal notification of its accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.
The accreditation is for four years and the result of a three-year process of self-study review, site visits, and review by council’s Commission on Accreditation. There were no conditions associated with the accreditation decision.
Pamela Saylor, clinical assistant professor and social work program director, expressed satisfaction with the outcome. “I’m thankful for the collaborative effort of faculty, staff, and administration in developing a strong program to prepare students as future social workers in our communities.”
Robin Miller, the program’s director of field education, said the number of organizational sites has grown to more than 40 in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, giving students a greater range of opportunities for acquiring the field experience that constitutes a cornerstone of the curriculum.
Saylor said the accreditation allows PNW graduates to move quickly into master’s degree programs with advanced standing, putting graduates in an excellent position to acquire a license to practice in a shorter period and at reduced cost.
Saylor said she hopes the program will continue to grow on the Westville campus and that a master’s degree program could be offered in the future.