George Fox University’s social work program receives accreditation reaffirmation from national body

March 13th, 2019

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The university is granted eight-year accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education

NEWBERG. Ore. – The Council on Social Work Education has reaffirmed accreditation of George Fox University’s Bachelor of Social Work program, granting the maximum eight-year extension effective this month.

The reaffirmation decision was ratified at the CSWE’s February 2019 Commission on Accreditation meeting and officially announced on March 11. The accreditation takes immediate effect and is good through February of 2026.

The announcement indicates that the program is meeting the rigorous accreditation standards set forth by CSWE and affirms the quality of the education being provided. It’s also a testament to the fact George Fox graduates are obtaining the knowledge, values and skills needed to become competent professional social workers, according to Christine Saladino, director of the university’s Bachelor of Social Work program.

Students who graduate from a CSWE-accredited program and meet the admission criteria are eligible to complete their Master of Social Work degree full time in an advanced-standing MSW program in one year instead of two. Students are also able to pursue social work licensure at the bachelor’s level.

Clifford Rosenbohm, director of the School of Social Work, said the university’s Christian heritage and Quaker foundation historically line up with the social work profession, which was primarily created by faith-based institutions and organizations in response to the need for social welfare reform in the U.S. in the late 1800s.

“We tell students coming in when we interview them and at orientation that we take our mission seriously,” he said. “We are a Christ-centered institution. While that doesn’t mean all of our students profess Christianity, we intentionally integrate religion and spirituality into our curriculum.”

Graduates of the university’s social work programs work in a wide range of settings, including at adoption agencies and hospices, mental health clinics, foster care centers, affordable housing organizations and substance abuse clinics.

And the prospects for jobs in the field look promising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for mental health and substance abuse workers is projected to grow by 19 percent, while health care social workers should grow by 20 percent. Other strong growth areas include work with the elderly, families and children.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Cliff Rosenbohm
Director, School of Social Work
George Fox University

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