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 
     
Committee Board
Committee Members
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  • Carmen Hendricks
    Dean
    Yeshiva University
    New York, NY
    Chair
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Christopher B. Aviles
    Associate Professor
    Buffalo State College
    Buffalo, NY
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Richard L. Beaulaurier
    Associate Dean for Research and Engagement
    Florida International University
    Miami, FL
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Gemma Douglas Beckley
    Chair of Social Work Department
    Rust College
    Holly Springs, MS
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Beverly Black
    Jillian Michelle Smith Professor in Family Violence Research and Director, PhD Program
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Arlington, TX
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Phyllis Black
    Professor & Director, Lehigh Valley Program
    Marywood University
    Philadelphia, PA
    Commissioner
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Faith Bonecutter
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Oak Park, IL
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Jean E. Brooks
    Retired Faculty
    Jackson State University
    Jackson, MS
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Lisa Kaye Clifton
    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Asbury University
    Wilmore, KY
    Commissioner
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • James W. Drisko
    Professor
    Smith College
    Northampton, MA
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Debora Faria
    Clinical Associate Professor / Director of Field Education & Co-Director, Center for Excellence...
    College at Brockport, State University of New York
    Hilton, NY
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Antoinette Yvetta Farmer
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Commissioner
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Catherine Gayle
    Chair
    Tuskegee University
    Tuskegee, AL
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Claudia J. Gollop
    Faculty
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Public Member
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Jody Gottlieb
    Director
    Marshall University
    Huntington, WV
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Julia Guevara
    Associate VP for Academic Affairs; Professor
    Grand Valley State University
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Joanne Hessmiller
    Associate Professor
    University of North Carolina at Pembroke
    Fayetteville, NC
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Goutham Menon
    Director & Professor
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Reno, NV
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Octavio Ramirez
    Chair
    Oakwood University
    Huntsville, AL
    Commissioner
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Lynette M. Reitz
    Program Director & Professor
    Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
    Muncy, PA
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Dennis Ritchie
    Enochs Endowed Chair in Child Welfare & Professor of Social Work
    George Mason University
    Falls Church, VA
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Andrew Safyer
    Dean
    Adelphi University
    Garden City, NY
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Charles Russell Seitz
    Department Chair
    Messiah College
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Commissioner
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Nancy L. Sidell
    BSW Program Director
    Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
    Wellsboro, PA
    Commissioner
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Susan Tebb
    Faculty
    Saint Louis University
    Saint Louis, MO
    Commissioner
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016