MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University's social work program recently received reaffirmation of accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education in Alexandra, Va.
A CSWE commission voted to reaffirm the bachelor of social work program's accreditation for eight years, ending July 2013. This is the longest time period a program can be unconditionally accredited before the reaffirmation process.
Northern is one of four Michigan universities that have maintained continuing accreditation in this area since 1974 – the first year CSWE began accrediting baccalaureate social work programs.
"We received more good news recently when we learned that our 2005 graduating class ranked in the upper 17 percent among more than 400 national programs that participated in the professional social work achievement test," said Billy Blodgett, program director. "We give our senior students a standardized test two weeks prior to graduation and typically get the results back at about this time. Northern students usually rank pretty well – in the top half or third nationwide – but 17 percent is the highest placement we've achieved."
There are about 125 students enrolled in the NMU social work program. Faculty members include Blodgett, field placement coordinator Cornell DeJong, Patricia Cianciolo and Carol Simpson.