ERIC Number: ED309669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-4
Reference Count: N/A
The Council on Social Work Education and Accreditation: 1973-1986.
Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL.
A review of problems surrounding accreditation for the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) at Loyola University in Chicago from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s is presented. It is noted that these problems caused the CSWE to lose credibility with the graduate schools of social work, and reviewing what happened could help avoid similar situations in the future. For years, the deans complained that the Commission on Accreditation (COA) of the CSWE was authoritarian, secretive, inconsistent with accreditation standards, and biased toward certain schools. The Board of Directors and COA paid little attention to requests by the deans until the Council verged on bankruptcy in 1984 and the deans moved to incorporate their organization, a step that made possible replacement of the Council as the accrediting body for graduate social work unless the Council was reformed. Some matters that clouded the relationship between CSWE and the deans were: CSWE's reaction to the Teicher committee (to discuss accreditation); mandatory minimum standards; evaluation of site visits; practitioner representation on site visit teams; program presence at reviews; access to the readers' reports; revision of accreditation standards; the accreditation cycle; the COA's workload; COA secrecy; withholding of institutional dues; and resources for the COA. Caution is called for in dealing with CSWE. There must be changes in governance and the elimination of politics from the Board and Commission. An appendix lists questions for the COA and tentative recommendations offered by the Committee and augmented by the Conference of Deans. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL.