Social Work Program Gets New Eight-Year Reaccreditation


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted reaccreditation of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Washington Adventist University through June of 2019. The program, which is an off-campus program of Andrews University’s Social Work Program, began in 2003 with five students currently has thirty. Its recent reaccreditation followed more than a year of preparation and included a site visit by CSWE in February.

“Social work education is based on 12 core competencies and more than 70 individual practice behaviors that are infused into our learning activities and field education,” said department chair, John Gavin. “Our partnership with Andrews University to offer an accredited social work program ensures that we are meeting the highest standards in social work education and that students can get licensed and attend graduate school.”

More than 25 students have completed the program so far and are working in the profession in across the country.

The program at Washington Adventist University attracts traditional students who recently completed high school as well as non-traditional students who want to complete their degree or make a career change. Classes are held one evening each week, which allows working students to keep their day jobs. Non-traditional students can complete the general education courses through the School of Graduate and Professional studies which offers classes in the evening, on weekends, and online.

Susan Hornshaw, Ph.D., WAU’s provost is pleased with the strides that the program is making. “Our vision is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities,” she said. “The Social Work program helps make that vision real—making WAU truly the gateway to service!” she said

According to their website, CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, it is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.