Southeastern Social Work program reaccredited
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND The social work program at Southeastern Louisiana University has been reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
The eight-year accreditation is the maximum duration granted by the CSWE, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency for social work education in the nation.
Southeastern offers a baccalaureate social work program, which has been accredited continuously since 1982.
National accreditation is considered an important endorsement of an academic program, and represents an independent, outside evaluation of the program’s quality and its relevance to the workforce needs of the area, said John C. Fischetti, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, which oversees the social work program.
“Southeastern’s social work program is one of the finest in the region and in the country, and this accreditation is validation of the great work of our faculty and students and the potential of the program to impact children and families,” he added.
The accreditation process involved a comprehensive self study to document the program’s compliance with established standards and policies, a site visit in October by representatives of the agency, and a full review by the Commission on Accreditation, said June Williams, head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development.
Southeastern’s social work program focuses on preparing entry level practitioners to work with diverse populations in rural and small communities, Williams said. In addition to course work, students must also complete a field internship at a social service agency. Most graduates of the Southeastern program continue to pursue a Masters of Social Work degree at other institutions.