Commission on Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation confers accreditation status on schools of social work and baccalaureate social work programs. Additionally, the commission is responsible for both formulating accreditation standards and policies, and determining the criteria and process for evaluating these standards. All of the commission's accreditation decisions are accompanied by a reasoned opinion, and the accreditation process is conducted in a manner that insures the continuation of the Council's role as the accrediting body for social work education.

Charge From the Board of Directors

The Commission on Accreditation shall have the following functions:

  • To formulate accreditation standards and policies for schools of social work and baccalaureate social work programs for adoption by the Board of Directors
  • To formulate criteria and methods for the evaluation and accreditation of master's and baccalaureate programs in social work on the basis of standards and policies approved by the Board of Directors
  • To accredit, to impose conditional accreditation status on, to deny accreditation to, or to withdraw accreditation of master's and baccalaureate social work programs
  • To develop and maintain an accreditation data base
  • To accompany accreditation actions by a reasoned opinion
  • To formulate and propose standards and procedures which are necessary to insure continuity of the Council on Social Work Education as the accrediting body for social work education
  • To further consider a case remanded by the review body to the Commission 

Report to the Board of Directors, Oct 2015

Committee Board
Chair Person
Committee Members
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  • Andrew Safyer
    Adelphi University
    Garden City, NY
    11/23/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Christopher B. Aviles
    Associate Professor
    Buffalo State College
    Buffalo, NY
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Beverly Black
    Jillian Michelle Smith Professor in Family Violence Research and Director, PhD Program
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Arlington, TX
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Phyllis Black
    Professor & Director, Lehigh Valley Program
    Marywood University
    Philadelphia, PA
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Jean E. Brooks
    Retired Faculty
    Jackson State University
    Jackson, MS
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Lisa Kaye Clifton
    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Asbury University
    Wilmore, KY
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Antoinette Yvetta Farmer
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    New Brunswick, NJ
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Catherine Gayle
    Tuskegee University
    Tuskegee, AL
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Goutham Menon
    Director & Professor
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Reno, NV
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Octavio Ramirez
    Oakwood University
    Huntsville, AL
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Lynette M. Reitz
    Program Director & Professor
    Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
    Muncy, PA
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Dennis Ritchie
    Enochs Endowed Chair in Child Welfare & Professor of Social Work
    George Mason University
    Falls Church, VA
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Charles Russell Seitz
    Department Chair
    Messiah College
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Nancy L. Sidell
    BSW Program Director
    Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
    Wellsboro, PA
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018