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Benedict College Announces Reaccreditation of the Social Work Program

The Benedict College Social Work Program is the oldest CSWE-accredited HBCU program in South Carolina

Columbia, SCMarch 29, 2023, Benedict College is proud to announce that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has voted to reaffirm the accreditation of its Baccalaureate Social Work Program through 2027.  The Council of Higher Education Accreditation recognizes the CSWE as the only accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.

“I applaud Dr. Eunika Simons and her team for ensuring Benedict College met CSWE’s extensive and rigorous standards,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. “The program successfully demonstrated that our curriculum meets the core social work competencies, which affirms that, upon graduation, our students will be prepared to apply ethical principles and critical thinking to social work practices.”

Benedict College has a 40-year history of graduating competent social work graduates and is the oldest CSWE-accredited HBCU program in South Carolina.

Accredited social work programs must include field experience that connects theory and practice appropriately. Students enrolled in Benedict’s Social Work baccalaureate program complete a minimum of 400 hours of field experience.


About Benedict College (benedict.edu)

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution, offering 26 competitive baccalaureate degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. The College has a diverse faculty and importantly, 80 percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty. 

Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications.  For example, Benedict College was ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for creating social mobility and producing cutting-edge scholarship and research.  In 2019, Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest. Benedict College was listed among the top half of ranked HBCUs in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges by US News and World Report.

Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Six of the College’s degree programs hold national accreditation: The School of Education, Social Work Program, Environmental Health Science Program, Environmental Engineering Program, Studio Art Program, and the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship

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