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UNI's social work programs reaccredited

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Cindy Juby, department head and associate professor, Department of Social Work, 319-273-5845, cynthia.juby@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's undergraduate and graduate social work programs have been reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The two programs – Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Master of Social Work – were reaccredited for eight years, the maximum granted by the Commission on Accreditation.

Reaccreditation comes after the completion of a lengthy self-study by program faculty and a site visit by members of the commission's accrediting team. The undergraduate program was accredited in 1975, and the graduate program was accredited in 2002.

"Aside from completing the self-studies, this accreditation required fundamental changes to our programs as we moved from content-driven to outcome-based curricula," said Cindy Juby, department head and associate professor of social work. "In addition, reaccreditation coincided with the restructuring of our MSW program to establish a trauma-informed specialty. CSWE's decision reflects the hard work, commitment and team effort of the Department of Social Work faculty and staff in making our programs successful."

UNI's Department of Social Work offers a student-centered learning community where students should expect to be challenged and stimulated as they develop the knowledge needed to become an effective agent for social change. Curriculum is centered around a trauma-informed perspective. Recognizing and understanding the significant roles that psychological trauma and human rights violations play in a range of issues provides students with a unique advantage as they assist individuals and work to improve service delivery systems.

For more information about UNI's social work programs, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/socialwork. For more information about the reaccreditation of the social work programs, contact Juby at 319-273-5845 or cynthia.juby@uni.edu.