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Renewed accreditation status for School of Social Work programs

Monday, March 4, 2019 – Laurentian University is proud to announce the four-year accreditation status of its Honours Bachelor of Social Work (HBSW) program and its Baccalauréat spécialisé en service social (B.S.S. spéc.) by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).

Social work Bachelor and Masters programs receive CASWE accreditation only when they meet national standards. This ensures that students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function as competent practitioners.

There are several components to the CASWE accreditation process, including a self-study and application, a review of the self-study report and application, site visits, and a review of site visit reports.

“Laurentian University is committed to offering high-quality programs. This renewed accreditation reflects the excellence of our HBSW and B.S.S. spéc. programs and is a testament to the commitment and expertise of our faculty,” said interim president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Pierre Zundel.

The School of Social Work at Laurentian University aims to educate social workers who can apply critical analyses to respond to those in need in order to promote social change, problem-solving in the context of social justice and respect for human rights, and to improve the general well-being of individuals, groups, communities, and society.

The Laurentian community is invited to celebrate the accreditation as part of Social Work Week from March 4 to 10, 2019. The official proclamation of the Week will be celebrated on March 4 at 12:00 p.m. at the Northern Initiative Social Action (NISA) located at 36 Elgin Street. 



Laurentian University is located on the territory of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, and recognizes its placement on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Wahnapitae First Nations. Laurentian is committed to strengthening the foundation of knowledge in higher education and research to offer an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. Together with its federated partners, Laurentian University prepares leaders who bring innovative and intelligent solutions to local and global issues.