Social Work Program Awarded Candidacy for Accreditation

Date: June 20, 2012 - 9:23am
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Social Work (SW) program at North Central University (NCU) has been awarded candidacy for accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

The candidacy is the first step NCU programs must complete toward full accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). During this process NCU will be guided by the CSWE to ensure that its explicit and implicit programs are in line with national standards.

At its June 2012 meeting, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) voted, based on the program’s Benchmark I document, the Commissioner’s Benchmark I Review Brief, and the Program Response, to grant Candidacy to the bachelor’s social work program.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Daniel Nelson said that accreditation of the Social Work program has been a vision of the institution for some time now, and is proud that this achievement in the process has been reached.

“This is exciting news! It signifies a major milestone in the process of accreditation for our Social Work major,” said Nelson. “It also allows our SW students to apply for licensure as social workers immediately upon graduation - a highly attractive option for current and potential students.”

Candidacy status allows for graduating social work students to take the Social Work Licensure exam in Minnesota, which qualifies them for the full scope of undergraduate social work employment positions in Minnesota.

“The program is positioned to move to the next step with the same spirit of cooperation and excellence,” said Dr. Donna McElveen, Director, Social Work. “I am inspired by students who have a God given passion for people and society. I look forward to their contributions as professional social workers, as they let their lights shine before others to glorify their Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).”

The Social Work Program at North Central University seeks to train students in the knowledge and skills of social work practice. The program is guided by a love for Christ and a commitment to service to God and to humanity. The program’s educational framework is based on the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) requirements, Christian values, the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics, the National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW) statement of faith and practice, a liberal arts foundation, as well as a biblical foundation. The program values a holistic approach to social work that includes the mind (knowledge), the body (practice), and the spirit (faith).

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

North Central is a non-profit private university located in the heart of Minneapolis. The college offers degrees in business administration, education, music, psychology, biblical studies, English, communication arts, evangelism and church planting, intercultural studies and more. The school is located at 910 Elliot Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404. Visit North Central on the web at