Grove City College has achieved candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)’s Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a baccalaureate social work program indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
Students who enter programs that attain candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain initial accreditation. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program. View our B.S.W. program's assessment of learning outcomes.
Advanced Standing is a term used relative to accredited graduate social work programs. Students who hold a B.S.W. from an accredited social work program may enter an accredited Master’s of Social Work (M.S.W.) program as an "Advanced Standing" student. These students are only required to complete one additional year of course and field placement to graduate with an M.S.W., saving both time and money. It’s like transferring into an M.S.W. program with half your degree earned already! Students with an undergraduate degree in other fields who pursue an M.S.W. degree require four semesters.
The mission of Grove City College's social work program is to effectively prepare students for competent and compassionate entry-level, generalist social work practice within the context of a Christian liberal arts education.