Champlain College Social Work (BSW) Program Receives National Accreditation

Burlington, Vt. -Champlain College Social Work Program Director Tawnya McDonald announced today that the Champlain College Bachelor of Social Work degree program has been granted Initial Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

At its June meeting, the CSWE Commission on Accreditation (COA) ended Champlain's four-year initial accreditation application process by granting the College's Social Work program Initial Accreditation status, which has been approved for a period of four years.

"The CSWE accreditation process is rigorous and thorough, including site visits, internal and external program evaluations and reviews from the Commission on Accreditation," said Tawnya McDonald, MSW, LICSW, the program director of the Social Work program at Champlain College. "We are so proud that our distinctive, career-focused program has met the exacting CSWE's standards of excellence for Social Work education and has been granted full accreditation."

Earning an accredited degree offers a tremendous benefit to current and future students in Champlain's Social Work (BSW) program. Graduates of accredited programs have several advantages in their career: they are acknowledged BSW social work professionals in the workforce (in states where applicable, these graduates can apply for baccalaureate-level state licensure as a professional social worker); they can apply to Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work programs with the potential of completing the degree within in single calendar year (rather than the usual two); and they may qualify for loan forgiveness through the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent during the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. "CSWE accreditation allows our graduates an advantage in the field and allows them to obtain a graduate degree in less time. This is a big plus for them as they think about furthering their careers," said Champlain College Provost Robin Abramson.

Champlain College is one of only three institutions in the state of Vermont to offer a CSWE accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree, and one of only 26 in the entire New England region.

"Right now I am already employed full time as a community support clinician for Chittenden County Treatment Courts," said Hannah Toof, who graduated from the Champlain College Social Work program only one month before the CSWE Accreditation was granted. "I am so excited to have been a part of this successful accreditation process and grateful that I was able to complete my four years in the Social Work program as it was growing into what it is now. I am proud to have graduated with my BSW from Champlain College."

About The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

For more information on the Social Work (BSW) program at Champlain College, or to interview the Program Director, Tawnya McDonald MSW, LICSW contact Stephen Mease, News & Public Relations Director  802-865-6432 | smease@champlain.edu.


Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu


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