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Clarke to Pursue Independent Social Work Accreditation

posted on August 22, 2008

Clarke College announced today that it will end its affiliation with the Bi-College Social Work Program at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 academic year and will pursue individual accreditation.

The decision to leave the partnership was based largely on Loras College’s decision to exit the tri-college academic calendar and move to a January-term schedule. This change in scheduling puts additional pressures on students to follow two separate calendars.

General education outcomes and assessment requirements also pose challenges to the program. At Clarke, general education outcomes are assessed in upper-division courses – something that is not being accomplished with the collaboration.

“We have tried to make accommodations for students, but see no other options for making the program work,” said Clarke Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D. “We believe it is in the best interest of both institutions to develop individual programs that allow students to work within one calendar and one set of requirements.”

The cooperative social work program formally began in 1973 when Clarke and the University of Dubuque partnered to offer a social work major. Loras College joined the partnership in 1975. In 1995, the University of Dubuque discontinued its social work major and the program continued as a bi-college program since that time.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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