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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Columbia, SC - November 17, 2011 -- The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has reaffirmed the accreditation of The Benedict College School of Education's Social Work Department. The CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

The Social Work Department Chair, Dorothy Osgood, PhD, MSW, LISW-CP stated, "The Benedict College Social Work Program, accredited since 1981 by the Council on Social Work Education, has provided 30 years of continuous accredited education.  It was reaccredited October, 2011 for another eight years (until 2019), the maximum time frame permitted between reviews."

Benedict College Social Work Program was the first national accredited program at Benedict and the first HBCU social work accredited program in the state. Ms. Brenda A. Clark, MSW, LMSW, who was instrumental in the program obtaining its initial accreditation, continues to be a dedicated faculty member.   She has served on the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education, and is currently a certified site visitor.

According to Dr. Osgood, the Social Work Department's reaffirmation of accreditation means that Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) graduates enjoy several benefits and advantages that may not be available in a non-accredited social work program. "Over 50 percent of our graduates go on to graduate school and the majority of them are accepted into the advanced standing program.  For those who enter the work force upon graduation, approximately 80 percent find employment within six month based on information from our Social Work Alumni Survey."

The reaffirmation of accreditation of the School of Education's Social Work Department confirms that Benedict College meets high educational standards that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree offered. Documents describing accreditation may be reviewed upon request in the President's Office; the Office of Academic Affairs or the Council on Social Work Education, 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu