Social work program receives candidacy status

KINGSVILLE - August 01, 2017

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The Master’s of Social Work program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received candidacy status from the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

“Candidacy status means that current students in the program get grandfathered into the official Accreditation once it is completed” Dr.  Darin Hoskisson, Interim Chair of the Department of Clinical Health Sciences said. “The most important part of this is that our students will be eligible to sit for the licensing exam. Without accreditation, our students would not be eligible for a license as a social worker.”

To be considered for accreditation, the university submitted a major accredidation document called Benchmark I. It presented plans for the degree, contained details for coursework and demonstrated the commitment the university has shown toward the degree through allocation of faculty and resources.

“The document also demonstrates how we as a program are meeting the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards from the Council on Social Work Education,” Hoskisson said. “Then in February a CSWE consultant was sent to our campus to review our compliance with the standards. It was that consultant's recommendation that led to our being granted candidacy status.”

Candidacy status will last for two years. Once all reports are submitted, and campus visits are complete, the Master’s of Social Work program is on pace to earn full accreditation in summer 2019.