Northwestern social work program prepares for accreditation site visit

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Northwestern social work program prepares for accreditation site visit

September 27, 2012

The Social Work Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is preparing for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) Site Visit set for Oct. 3.

The site visitor, Dr. Tina Hancock, associate dean for the College of Health and Social Sciences and director of the School of Social Work at New Mexico State University (NMSU), will visit with senior administration, social work faculty, advisory board members and social work students during her time at Northwestern.

A full professor at NMSU, Hancock received her PhD in social work from the University of Alabama and her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined NMSU after serving as Head of the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University. She has extensive teaching, administrative and practice experience. For six years she lived and worked in Mexico where she studied Latin culture and social problems, served as a volunteer grant proposal writer for the United Way of Mexico and practiced volunteer social work in an anti-poverty program with a non-profit organization. Hancock has an extensive scholarship record, where her research interests include Latino immigrants, structural inequality, domestic violence and culturally sensitive interventions.

Kylene Rehder, chair of the Department of Social Work, said the program is looking forward to the reaffirmation site visit this October.

“The accreditation process is a multi-level process, which includes the construction of a self-study document addressing how the program meets curriculum requirements and accreditation standards; a certified site visit, which results in a report to the COA; and a COA review for determination of accreditation,” Rehder said.

“Northwestern’s COA review will take place during the February 2013 meeting. If the program’s accreditation is reaffirmed then the program will earn CSWE accreditation status for another eight years.”

CSWE is a national association preserving and enhancing the quality of social work education for practice and promoting the goals of individual and community well-being and social justice. The profession of social work in the United States looks to CSWE-accredited programs to produce social workers with the knowledge and skills to be professional social workers.

To learn more about the upcoming visit, contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or at