Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — New Mexico State University's School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services received national reaccreditation for eight years from the Council on Social Work Education.
NMSU was informed in October that both the undergraduate and graduate programs have been reaccredited until 2020.
NMSU was one of 10 schools that received reaccreditation for its bachelor's program and one of six schools that obtained the distinction for its master's program at the fall meeting.
Across the country, there are 490 accredited bachelor's programs and 228 accredited master's programs.
"It's a significant milestone in the progress of the school," said Tina Hancock, NMSU School of Social Work director. "It is an affirmation of the quality product that we have been producing and will be producing in the future."
The reaccreditation process takes two years to complete. It includes a planning stage, self-study stage with a written report and a site visit that occurred in March 2013 with visitors appointed by the Commission on Accreditation.
Reaccreditation signifies that a social work program is in compliance with all educational procedures and accreditation standards.