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School of Social Work celebrates 50th anniversary of BSW accreditation

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The Bachelor of Social Work Program is among the first social work education programs in the country to receive accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.

“We are immensely proud of the legacy and impact of our BSW program. The accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff and students,” said Gregory Dunaway, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. 

Over the last 50 years, the program has produced more than 5,000 graduates who have made significant contributions in the field across West Virginia and beyond.

“The School of Social Work is proud of our strong heritage in BSW education,” said Deana Morrow, director of the School of Social Work. “Those of us presently serving in the School of Social Work recognize that we stand on the shoulders of the many social work faculty leaders who came before us.

“We are working diligently to both preserve and advance the distinguished program they and our graduates built. The 50th anniversary celebration is not just a reflection on the past but a commitment to building an even stronger future for social work education at WVU,” Morrow added.

The School of Social Work is scheduled to launch an online bachelor’s degree program option in the fall of 2025. The online program will complement the existing campus-based program, providing greater accessibility and opportunity for students and helping to address a critical need for more social workers in Appalachia. 

In addition to the bachelor’s degree, the School of Social Work also offers master’s and doctoral degrees in social work. 

Currently serving more than 350 students across its three programs, the school plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of social work in West Virginia and beyond.