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|SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM GETS EIGHT-YEAR REACCREDITATION
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s social work program has received an eight-year reaffirmation
of its national accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The accreditation is the maximum duration
granted by the council, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education
in the nation. Southeastern offers a baccalaureate social work program,
which has been accredited continuously since1982.
“National accreditation is an
important endorsement of any academic program,” said John Crain, Southeastern
provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It is one way of obtaining
independent, outside validation of program quality. We are very pleased
that CSWE has recognized the quality of our social work program and its
relevance to the work force needs of our area.”
Crain praised the efforts of the social
work faculty, particularly that of program coordinator Heidi Kulkin, assistant
professor. “They are to be commended for their hard work and dedication
to student success,” he said.
Southeastern’s social work program
focuses on preparing entry-level practitioners to serve in rural and small
communities, said Brain Canfield, head of the department of human development,
which oversees the social work program. The curriculum is designed to prepare
students to deal with issues related to poverty, health care, unemployment,
family problems, crime and racial discrimination. Southeastern’s nine social
work faculty members are assisted by more than 20 field instructors who
help evaluate students and supervise internships and field assignments.
“Accreditation approval followed an
intensive site visit in February by national program evaluators and a comprehensive
self-study that looked at all aspects of the program by the university’s
social work faculty and administrators,” Canfield said.
The program also coordinates a major
community service-learning program for social work students at Southeastern
and other area universities. Called “Discovery-Southeastern Louisiana University
Family Resource Project,” the program is funded by a $1.2 million grant
from the Louisiana Office of Community Services. Discovery provides a wide
range of services to families in a seven-parish area while serving as a
valuable hands-on learning program for students working under professional