Alcorn’s new Department of Social Work approved by IHL

Alcorn’s new Department of Social Work approved by IHL

“Alcorn State University is pleased to report that the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has approved the creation of a new Department of Social Work,” stated Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II.

The Social Work Program received accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education in spring 2013. It was formerly a major offered in the Department of Social Sciences, and as a result of the Board of Trustee’s action, Social Work becomes an independent department. The creation of the new department will help meet the Council on Social Work Education’s requirements for social work program to have the necessary autonomy and administrative structure to achieve its goals and objectives.

The new Department is aligned with the mission of the University that emphasizes effective teaching, practice and preparation for graduate school. The Social Work Program will continue to meet the policies and goals of the University’s strategic plan by offing students an engaging, transformative learning and living environment. It will continue to empower students to become globally competitive, socially and environmentally sensitive, and technologically competent leaders and practitioners.

Dr. Dorothy Idleburg, who spearheaded the Social Work Program’s accreditation efforts, will serve as the chair of the new department. “The newly established Department of Social Work is extremely proud to have been approved and recognized by IHL. On behalf of the faculty, staff and students we extend our sincere appreciation to IHL and the Alcorn State University family for their support and cooperation.”

“The University is extremely proud to have the Social Work Program accredited and established as a new department,” said Vice Provost Donzell Lee. “The accreditation is consistent with the University’s goal to have all programs accredited by their respective professional accrediting associations.”