School of Social Work gains national reaffirmation of accreditation

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jun 25, 2010

Henke Hall, which houses the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
Henke Hall, which houses the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
The Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation has voted to reaffirm UH Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson’s School of Social Work accreditation for the maximum eight years ending in June 2018.  Reaffirmation applies to both the school’s bachelor of social work (BSW) and master of social work (MSW) degree programs. 
In their assessment, site visitors concluded that the school’s programs were fundamentally sound and had strong community connections. Programs had developed effective collaborations with units and disciplines across campus, and school leadership was respected by community leaders, state lawmakers, faculty and staff. In addition, there was a recognized commitment to the school’s work, including a focus on indigenization—providing an exemplary model for UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw’s vision of the Mānoa campus being a Hawaiian place of learning. Moreover, the distance education delivery option was deemed exemplary in organization and structure, and international programs and goals were evaluated as directed and substantive.
The mission of UH Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is to contribute to the advancement of social work practice in its many forms for the purpose of preventing or resolving the most critical social problems. Within this general purpose, the school reaffirms social work’s historic commitment to increase social justice and availability of opportunity for underrepresented and oppressed groups.