Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work Receives National Accreditation by Council on Social Work Education
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Leadership, Diversity, and Commitment Cited by Accreditation Team Report.
New York, N.Y. - Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work has received national accreditation from The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the exclusive national accrediting body for social work higher education, it was announced today by Touro College President and CEO Dr. Alan Kadish.
CSWE accreditation is a rigorous multi-year process, and verifies that degree programs meet high standards considered essential to high quality social work education. The CSWE voted to grant full national accreditation from the academic year of 2007-2008, the year in which candidacy was granted, through 2015.
“Congratulations to Founding Dean Dr. Steven Huberman and the faculty and staff at the School, who have worked diligently towards this momentous milestone that acknowledges the outstanding partnership between Touro College’s administrators and the effective leadership provided by the School,” said Dr. Kadish. “The Graduate School of Social Work has much to be proud of, and its achievements are a credit to all at Touro.”
Among other strengths, the CSWE acknowledged in its accreditation site report the School’s emphasis on diversity, solid programs in fieldwork and advisement, and commitment of faculty to program success.
Dr. Steven Huberman, founding dean of the Graduate School of Social Work, said: “With this significant recognition, the School’s competent and empathetic professionals will continue to pursue their commitment to community service and academic excellence - not only in the New York metro area but globally. Our social work graduates are now poised to attain top social work positions throughout the world.”
Dean Huberman cited highlights of the CSWE’s report, which lauded some of Touro’s specific achievements, including supportive college administrators who value the social work programs; successful leadership embodied in a collegial and transparent leadership style; importance placed on diversity, which it called a “hallmark” of the program; a very strong, well-managed fieldwork program that provides excellent support for instructors and students; and hard-working, responsive faculty who, the report stated, are “an exemplar of collegiality and committed to student achievement.” The report also cited cohesive external relationships formed through a professional advisory board and a field educational advisory committee, and a state-of-the-art technology library and electronic resources, with support for information literacy for both students and faculty.
The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work held its first commencement in 2008. The ceremony saluted an inaugural class of 43 students receiving master’s degrees in social work. Today, the School has more than 215 graduate students at its locations in midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.