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 2017