Students Will Now Be Able to Complete Master’s Degree Requirements in One Additional Year of Study

New Program is the only CUNY Undergraduate Social Work Program in Brooklyn

Medgar Evers College President Dr. William L. Pollard announced today that Medgar Evers College (MEC) was granted accreditation of its baccalaureate social work program through October 2016 by the Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation (COA). The announcement was formally made at a reception at the College where Dr. Pollard was joined by Provost Howard C. Johnson, MEC Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Program Director Dr. Eda Harris-Hastick, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Chair Dr. Henry Davis, School of Liberal Arts Acting Dean and African American and American Literature Professor Dr. Carlyle Van Thompson, Social Work Advisory Council Co-Chairs Mrs. Merriette Pollard and Mr. John McQueen, as well as Advisory Council members and BSSW students.

“This is a huge victory for Medgar Evers College with everyone working collaboratively toward the accreditation of the social work program. After eight years of hard work, our faculty and staff can be proud of this significant accomplishment which gives our students a critical edge,” said President Pollard. “Having an accredited social work program will ensure a quality program with graduates highly prepared for today’s work world both nationally and globally, and will also guarantee student success in a quality graduate school of their choosing.”

“With the approval of the Commission on Accreditation, Medgar Evers College is now the only CUNY school in Brooklyn to offer an undergraduate Social Work program,” said Provost Johnson. “The hard work of Dr. Hastick and her team is a testament to the College’s commitment to our students, and we look forward to the program’s success.”

“I congratulate President Pollard, Provost Johnson, and the dedicated faculty and staff who have brought this program to fruition,” said CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Alexandra W. Logue. “The initial accreditation of the BSSW program is noteworthy not only for the opportunities that it signals for the students of Medgar Evers College, but also for the promise that it holds to contribute to all of the communities in which these future social workers will participate. The program extends and continues CUNY’s rich tradition of educating students who dedicate their lives to serving our city and nation.”

“This new program allows the College to fulfill its mission by addressing the needs of the immediate community and beyond,” said BSSW Program Director Dr. Harris-Hastick. “At a time when there is a dire need for trained social workers, our program allows a student with a BSSW degree to now move ahead and complete the Master’s degree requirements in an advanced standing program with only one additional year of study, rather than a traditional two-year program.”

“As we continue to develop great programs here at Medgar Evers College, we are privileged to have this program within the School of Liberal Arts,” said Acting Dean Dr. Thompson. “The accreditation process is a rigorous one, but one for which we were prepared. Dr. Hastick and her team, as well as many colleagues in the Medgar Evers College community, came together across disciplines and supported the development of this important program.”

The accreditation process for the BSSW program began in 2004 with the CUNY Board of Trustees’ approval of the College’s Letter of Intent and the BSSW proposal, which were later approved by the New York State Department of Education. For several years following the approval, the certification process involved onsite visits and in-depth examinations and evaluations conducted by the Council on Social Work Education as related to the eight standards used to measure the quality and effectiveness of a social work program.

These eight standards include mission, curriculum, governance, student development, non-discrimination and human diversity, program renewal, as well as program assessment and continuous improvement – all of which moved the College closer to its goal of accreditation.

The BSSW Program at Medgar Evers College launched with four students in 2008, and now has an enrollment of 116. To be admitted into the program, a student must have completed 55 credits (with specific “core classes” as identified in admission materials) and must have maintained a GPA of at least 2.5. Each BSSW student is required to complete 400 internship hours (15 hours per week) in their senior year over the course of two semesters in one of three areas: gerontology, substance abuse, or child welfare. In June 2012, there were 20 graduates, eight of whom are now enrolled in master’s programs.

About the Council on Social Work Education

The Council on Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. CSWE’s mission is to set and maintain policy and program standards, provide accreditation for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in social work, promote research and faculty development, and advocate for social work education.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.

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