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Social work program earns re-accreditation as enrollment continues to grow

July 23, 2003

Austin Peays Social Work Program recently received re-accreditation, according to Ann Johnson of the Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, Va.

Johnson said the Commission on Accreditation reviewed APSUs program in social work last month and voted to reaffirm its accreditation for eight more years.

According to Professor Glenn Carter, program director, Austin Peays program is one of only nine accredited social work programs among all Tennessee colleges and universities.
July 23, 2003

Austin Peay's Social Work Program recently received re-accreditation, according to Ann Johnson of the Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, Va.

Johnson said the Commission on Accreditation reviewed APSU's program in social work last month and voted to reaffirm its accreditation for eight more years.

According to Professor Glenn Carter, program director, Austin Peay's program is one of only nine accredited social work programs among all Tennessee colleges and universities.

Enrollment in the program is growing rapidly, with 140 majors expected for the Fall 2003 Semester.

Carter credits the increase in part to the high demand for social workers nationwide. He has received letters from employers in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky, asking his permission to visit APSU to recruit social work majors.

“One woman from southern Mississippi wrote me, wanting to come up and talk to our seniors about social work opportunities along the Gulf Coast,” he said.

Carter says an influx of transfer students from community colleges, especially from nearby Hopkinsville Community College, has contributed to the growth of the program.

APSU's partnership with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services also is proving to be a boon. Essentially, if a student takes the Child Welfare course, which is taught at APSU by a DCS worker from Nashville, and then completes a DCS field placement, the Department of Children's Services guarantees that student a job upon graduation, along with an immediate $4,000 “raise.”

“There are few guarantees in today's job market, so this is appealing to our students,” Carter said. As of July 2003, 23 social work majors were registered for the DCS-taught Child Welfare class, the first step in securing a guaranteed job through DCS.

For more information on APSU's Social Work Program, telephone Carter at 7728 or contact him by e-mail at carterg@apsu.edu