Lourdes University is pleased to announce that its baccalaureate program in social work has been awarded an eight year continuation of its accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The honor means Lourdes’ program has met the nationally-recognized standards set forth by the association regarding the preparation of competent social work practitioners.

For the re-accreditation, Lourdes was required to conduct a self-study, provide documentation supporting the implementation and success of initiatives set forth by the University’s Department of Social Work, and complete a site visit with an accrediting CSWE representative.

“This accomplishment and acknowledgement from the CSWE affirms the academic excellence found within our social work program,” reflects Geoffrey Grubb, Ph.D., Provost. “Being accredited by the CSWE means our students are eligible for state licensure upon graduation and will also enjoy advanced standing in master’s level social work programs throughout the country.”

Lourdes University launched its social work baccalaureate program in 1984, and has been accredited through the CSWE since 1993. Lourdes’ bachelor of arts degree in social work was authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1986, and provides the academic credentials for graduates to take the Bachelor examination for social work licensure through the Association of Social Work Boards (A.S.W.B).

For more on Lourdes University’s social work program, visit www.lourdes.edu/socialwork.