School of Social Work at Barry University receives second consecutive perfect accreditation

No follow-up reports needed for reaccreditation lasting until 2017

April 1, 2009

Miami Shores, Fla. – With its second consecutive perfect score, Barry University’s School of Social Work was recently reaccredited through 2017 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Commission on Accreditation granted both the undergraduate and graduate degree perfect reaccreditation, with no requirements for further follow-up or reports. It is the second such score for the School of Social Work, earning their first perfect score for initial accreditation of the bachelor’s program, and reaccreditation for their master’s program in 2003. Nationally, such a score is rare, and becomes even less frequent when received for two reviews in a row.

“Over the years some of the greatest scholars and educators in social work theory and practice have been faculty members and contributed to the development of the sophisticated and progressive curriculums of the school’s bachelor’s and master’s programs,” said Dr. Debra McPhee, dean of the School of Social Work. “Our recent perfect review reaffirms the outstanding job our present faculty do in carrying on the school’s 45-year legacy for quality professional education.”

The findings were released in February concluding the CSWE reaccreditation process, which included an on-campus site team review in October 2008. While on campus, CSWE representatives met with faculty, students, field educators and curriculum committees, as well as university administrators. When releasing their findings, they were particularly impressed with the programs’ diversity, citing “the diversity of the students and faculty, and the manner in which the program uses the interconnectivity of diverse circumstances of birth, race, ethnicity and national origin to fashion and academic and field curriculum that meets the social service delivery of South Florida and this nation.”

Their observations are backed up in report statistics, with only 21 percent of BSW students and 28 percent of MSW students reporting as White, Non-Hispanic. Barry University is consistently ranked for diversity among publications such as U.S. News and World Report and Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.

In addition to the programs’ diversity, CSWE representatives also commented on the relationships the school has built with the more than 300 community agencies where students currently do field placements, as well as the school’s faculty, leadership and preparedness.

“In our opinion, the self-study report and its documentation were among the best prepared and executed reports we have seen,” said CSWE site visit chair, Dr. Peter Vaughan and site team member, Marjorie Ziefert.

BBoth the undergraduate and graduate programs will next be reviewed for reaccreditation in 2017. Currently, Barry University’s School of Social Work serves more than 360 students, with 40 enrolled in the bachelor’s, and 312 enrolled in the master’s program and 11 studying towards their doctorate.

For more information, please contact Dr. Phyllis Scott, Dean of the School of Social Work at (305) 899-3196.