CSWE Accreditation for the UNE Online Master of Social Work Program

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We are excited to announce that the MSW program has once again earned CSWE accreditation, making this the 30th year the MSW program has been continuously accredited by CSWE! In acknowledgment of the 2020 CSWE re-accreditation of the Graduate Programs in Social Work, we would like to share this blog post that covers the benefits, process, and rigors of the accreditation process and specifically how it relates to our program here at UNE. What is CSWE? The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the governing body that oversees all of the social work education programs throughout the United States. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social

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About Accreditation at UNE Online

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Dr. Jayne Pelletier is the former Director of Accreditation and Policy for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) at the University of New England. This position oversees accreditation and policy development to support the operational and academic processes of online programs. The Director of Accreditation and Policy makes sure that CPGS is compliant with accreditation standards so that we can provide an outstanding education to students. This post is part of a series where we delve deeper into the details of the accreditation process. We first asked what goes on inside the accreditation process. Here’s more from Dr. Pelletier on the importance of accreditation: Why does a college need to be accredited? The short answer? Quality control.…

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UNE Accreditation: Regional vs. National

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Is UNE Online accredited? Is regional or national accreditation better? Is the University of New England accredited? UNE Online Enrollment Counselors often get these questions. Below is an overview of University of New England accreditation, and a discussion about regional and national accreditation. UNE Online is regionally accredited University of New England accreditation was initially conferred by NECHE in 1966, and UNE has been continuously accredited since that time. The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is the regionally-accrediting body for the northeast.  Is regional accreditation better than national accreditation? Overall, yes, regional accreditation is more prestigious and more recognized than national accreditation. Students have a much better chance of having their credits transferred or having their undergraduate…

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CSWE Accreditation for the UNE Online Master of Social Work Program

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The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the governing body that oversees all social work education programs throughout the United States, is dedicated to advancing quality social work education. It is critical that social workers are equipped to play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories. Why is CSWE accreditation important? Accreditation ensures that all students receive the same foundational knowledge that encompasses all essential areas of social work, on both a clinical and macro level, based upon a set series of standards. Upon completion…

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NECHE (NEASC) Accredited - What it means & why it’s important

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The University of New England has been continuously accredited by NEASC since 1966. Our dedication to accreditation affirms UNE’s culture of continuous reflection and assessment in our learning community as well as helping UNE set and pursue its strategic goals. In 2018, NEASC separated its higher education commission out into an individual organization called NECHE. This restructuring does not affect UNE’s accreditation status; from our perspective, it is simply a name change. About NECHE The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is now the federally recognized regional accreditor for the six New England States after assuming the business functions of the Commission previously managed by NEASC. The Commission states that its “dual role of quality assurance and quality improvement…

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