Both universities are working closely with the Council and Social Work Education (CSWE) to do all that we can to ensure a seamless transition from being accredited as a collaborative to being accredited as independent programs. To this end, view the complete process of accreditation as outlined by CSWE: CSWE Statement on the Dissolution of Collaborative Programs.
During this transition period, we continue to receive additional clarity about the process and requirements of accreditation from CSWE, and we will continue to update you as we learn more. Both institutions are working with our CSWE accreditation specialist to set specific timelines to complete each step of the process. Once the timeline is officially approved, each institution will post it on their respective website FAQ.
Overview of Next Steps Related to Dissolution of the Collaborative and Independent Accreditation
Each program will apply for candidacy status, the preliminary stage of accreditation, to take effect in fall 2019. Because we are currently accredited as collaborative programs, both the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University programs can apply for a one-year period of candidacy rather than the full three-year candidacy typically required of new programs. During 2019–2020, we will continue to work closely with CSWE on the documentation needed for full accreditation, including writing our self-studies and developing budgets. If the St. Kate’s or St. Thomas program in which you are enrolled is approved for the one-year candidacy, then the next stages of accreditation, including a site visit from CSWE and review of assessment data, will occur in 2019–2020. If the program is successful in attaining accreditation, all students who successfully complete the program will graduate from an accredited program. Both current and prospective students will receive regular reports of the progress on the candidacy applications to CSWE.