In June 2020, the LBC | Capital social work program within the Counseling & Social Work Department was granted full reaccreditation for the next eight years through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
CSWE is the accrediting body for all bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work programs in the United States. LBC | Capital received the initial four-year accreditation in 2016 after a four-year process to align curriculum and student learning outcomes with national social work standards. In 2019, the LBC | Capital program finished an intensive self-study that was submitted to CSWE last August. The review process included a CSWE representative visiting LBC | Capital in January to meet with administration, faculty, students, field instructors and the advisory board. This report was then reviewed by the full Commission on Accreditation in early June.
“The reaccreditation process culminated extensive measures of student learning, a comprehensive self-study process and much effort by our faculty and students to meet the high standards for a premier social work program,” said Dr. Kurt Miller, right, Social Work Program Director and Professor.
Students in LBC | Capital’s social work program are encouraged to understand, evaluate and practice social work theory and methods from a biblical perspective to help and empower the forgotten in society. Courses include Cultural Diversity, Human Behavior and the Social Environment and Social Work Policy and Practice, as well as Social Work Practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
Ranked fourth in a list of the top 25 Christian colleges for a social work degree by the Social Work Degree Guide, the LBC | Capital program also boasts an excellent placement rate for graduates—95% over the past five years—either in employment or in further education. Before their graduation from LBC | Capital, students spend over 480 hours in the community through service learning opportunities. Plus, those graduating from LBC | Capital with a bachelor’s degree in social work can obtain their master’s degree from a participating accredited program in just one year.