8/22/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University's Social Work Program received official notification last month of the reaffirmation of its accreditation that will run through June of 2026.
The Ashland University program received the reaffirmation without any conditions making it one of 19 bachelor level programs out of 30 that obtained this achievement during the June 2019 meeting of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation.
“We are very happy that the Commission reaffirmed this accreditation without any conditions,” said Michael Vimont, associate professor of social work. “We believe that our program is one of the strongest social work programs in the state of Ohio.”
AU’s Social Work Program received reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation in 2010, granting the full eight-year accreditation status through June 2018. A one-year extension was granted at the request of the program due to not wanting to conflict with the university’s reaccreditation process.
Vimont said the AU program has been recognized for a number of areas of strength. Among those areas highlighted are that students have numerous opportunities for field experience and that “students and faculty demonstrate a strong commitment toward broadening their knowledge and understanding of persons of difference. Both faculty and students participate in urban experiences that differ from their rural academic environment and participate in opportunities to attend guest lectures, convocations, international teaching and travel, and intercultural activities.”
In addition, the University’s strong institutional support for the program, the strong reciprocal relationships established between the program and outside agencies, the strong practicum component of the program and the camaraderie expressed by the program’s students were additional strengths cited as well as an excellent pass rate on the Ohio licensure examination.
Vimont agreed with the site visit assessment saying, “We have strong relationships with outside agencies. Graduates of our program and other social workers in the local area serve on our advisory board. Our students get well-supervised social work practice experience by doing full-time internships in area agencies. Many of our graduates still live and work in North Central Ohio.”
Vimont said that outcome assessment is an important part of maintaining an accredited program. “We survey all of our graduates and their employers two years after they graduate,” he said. “Recent outcome data reports that social work graduates are well-prepared for their jobs and for career advancement.”
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###