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Carver School of Social Work earns council’s baccalaureate accreditation

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (BP)–The Council on Social Work Education, the official accrediting body for social work programs at American colleges and universities, has voted to grant initial accreditation for four years to the baccalaureate social work program at Campbellsville University’s Carver School of Social Work.

“This is wonderful news,” Michael V. Carter, president of the Baptist-affiliated university in Campbellsville, Ky., said, “as the Carver School of Social Work seeks to regain the reputation it has held for many years as one of the nation’s premiere social work programs.

“The Council on Social Work Education’s stamp of approval on our baccalaureate program demonstrates that our program stands among the nation’s leading college and university social work programs. As we build our undergraduate program, we will begin to move forward with seeking the council’s accreditation for the master’s degree program.”

In the winter of 1997-98, the Carver School of Social Work was acquired by Campbellsville University from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. The Carver School, previously a provider of a master’s degree in social work, brought with its name a great Southern Baptist heritage and a sizable collection of library resources, Carter said.

The plan for the Carver School, Carter said, is to achieve the standards necessary for the bachelor’s of social work accreditation, which has now been accomplished, and then to proceed with the development and completion of an accredited MSW program.

“The baccalaureate program of social work at Campbellsville University stresses academic excellence and personal growth within a nurturing, Christian environment,” Carter said. “The program expands the university mission in advancing students toward continued learning in all aspects of life, with specialized emphasis on the professional application of generalist social work practice.

Carter commended the work of four Campbellsville University officials “for their tireless efforts in making this accreditation happen for our baccalaureate program:” Darlene Eastridge, associate professor and director of the school’s baccalaureate program; Cliff Rosenbohm, assistant professor of social work;. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs; and Mary Wilgus, dean of the college of arts and sciences.

Campbellsville University, with an enrollment of 1,600 students, was founded in 1906 and is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
For more information, contact Darlene Eastridge, director of the Carver School of Social Work baccalaureate program, at (270) 789-5178.

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