Monday, July 1, 2013

SBU’s Bachelor of Social Work program approved for third year of candidacy

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SBU’s Bachelor of Social Work program approved for third year of candidacy

BOLIVAR, Mo.Southwest Baptist University received notice this month from the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation that its Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program has been approved for a third year of candidacy.

The fourth site visit will be during the 2013-14 school year as the University works on Benchmark IV. The commission will vote on full accreditation in June 2014.

"Community support and the dedication of faculty and administration have made the growth and continued development of the social work program possible,” said Christine Saladino, MACE, LMSW, BSW Program director. “I am exceptionally thankful for those who have been a part of this process."

The first class of BSW students graduated in May 2013, and the new cohort that is beginning in the fall is the program’s largest class ever.

The BSW program at SBU will prepare students for entry-level positions in the social work field.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the profession is growing faster than average for all occupations, especially in the areas of aging and health care services. There are currently more than 640,000 professional social workers employed in the United States.

For more information about the BSW program, contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or

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