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 of a rigorous self-study and comprehensive site visit, the UNE School of Social Work was recently reaccredited for an additional eight-year period. What is CSWE accreditation? Accreditation is a process of reflection, self-study and peer evaluation; a process that requires… Read More >

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The importance of accreditation at UNE Online

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Dr. Jayne Pelletier is the Director of Accreditation and Policy for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS). She oversees accreditation and policy development to support the operational and academic processes of online programs. In short, Dr. Pelletier makes sure we are compliant with accreditation standards and that we provide an outstanding education to students. This post is part of a series where we delve deeper into the details of the accreditation process. Here’s more from Dr. Pelletier, on accreditation: Why does a college need to be accredited? The short answer? Quality control. Accreditation is a process in which institutions of learning are evaluated against a certain set of standards with the goal of effectiveness, improvement, and public assurance. It establishes a level of acceptable quality while respecting the unique missions of the institutions involved. Why is it important to be accredited? Many students don’t understand the importance of accreditation. If a student’s high school is not accredited, opportunities… Read More >

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NEASC (or NECHE) 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. Note: In late 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 remains in place.” You can find more information about the change in the Commission’s announcement letter. In the United States, accreditation is an important way for students, families, government officials, the press and the public to know that an… Read More >

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