Social Work Pre-Candidacy Status

Pre-Candidacy Status

The University of Olivet is currently in pre-candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work
Education’s (CSWE) Board of Accreditation (BOA).

Pre-candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the BOA indicates that it submitted an application to be reviewed for candidacy and received approval of its Benchmark 1 from CSWE accreditation staff to move forward for a candidacy review within 1-year. A program that has attained pre-candidacy status has not yet been reviewed by the BOA nor verified to be compliant with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

Students that are admitted to pre-candidate programs in the fall (or later) of the academic year in
which the program is granted candidacy status will be retroactively recognized as graduates from
a CSWE-BOA accredited program as long as the program attains initial accreditation. Candidacy is typically a 3-year process and attaining pre-candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain candidacy and initial accreditation.

Pre-candidacy applies to all program options, which includes locations and delivery methods.

Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence
of students graduating from the program.

Review our program’s pre-candidacy status in CSWE’s Directory of Accredited Programs. For
more information about social work accreditation, email CSWE’s Department of Social Work

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