The social work
department took a major step toward accreditation when the Council on Social
Work Education granted candidacy status for its baccalaureate program earlier
in November. The CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for social work education
in the United States.
"This is wonderful news from
the CSWE," said Mackenzi Huyser, Trinity's social work department chair.
"We are thrilled for the opportunities this creates for the College and
The department met the eligibility
criteria set by the CSWE to have its candidacy application accepted. Now
the social work program will undergo two years of self-studies and visits
from commissioners of the council. Of all the institutions that receive
candidacy, 98 percent of them achieve accreditation.
The CSWE seeks to ensure
that social workers have the knowledge and skills to be competent and proficient
in their field, and their accreditation is a stamp of approval on a social
work degree. Candidacy gives prospective students confidence that the program
is working to maximize its graduates' potential to begin careers in social