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We had a very successful reaccreditation site visit on September 23, 2013. Thank you to our program alumni who participated in the session with the site visitor, Dr. Lynne Soine. Dr. Soine was favorably impressed with the program. She presented her report to the Commission on Accreditation, who made a final determination about our accreditation status at its February 2014 meeting. The program was fully reaccredited for eight years, through February 2022.
The current 2008 accreditation standards are currently in the process of being revised by the Commission on Accreditation. It is expected that the new standards will be finalized in 2015. The program will be responsible for insuring that we are in compliance with the new standards, and will be assessed using them during our next reaccreditation cycle. The Commission on Accreditation is busy soliciting input on drafts of the new standards from BSW and MSW programs across the country. Nancy Sidell is a member of the 24-person Commission on Accreditation and is involved in the standard revision process.
There was no doubt that social workers were in the house on April 16th at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Over 800 social workers and social work students descended on the capital to educate and advocate on behalf of the social work profession! Thirty-three social work majors and two faculty members from Mansfield University joined the crowd of social workers from across the Commonwealth for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-PA) Annual Lobby Day. Students met with their state legislators during scheduled appointments that were pre-arranged by Justin Fleming, NASW's Government Relations Director. The legislative meetings all had a common purpose: to discuss the importance of licensure of BSW-level social workers. Thirty-six states currently license BSW social workers; Pennsylvania does not. Following the scheduled meetings with legislators, all attendees gathered in the beautiful capitol rotunda for an inspiring rally. Making the voice of social work heard so that the public can be protected was the theme covered by the rally's speakers, which included Ron Simon, Executive Director of NASW-PA. Dr. Mary Daly arranged the trip logistics, assisted by a group of students from her Communities and Organizations Practice class. Dr. Nancy Sidell also accompanied the group.
One student remarked that the experience of participating in Lobby Day is one that will help in her future career. Another noted that the experience made her proud to be a social worker. Plans are in the works for Mansfield University to participate in next year's Lobby Day.