he University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work’s bachelor and master’s programs have each received a full eight-year reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. In addition, the bachelor’s program received approval for an inaugural undergraduate distance education option effective in the 2018 fall semester. Dean Noreen Mokuau notes that these achievements reflect the “poʻokela (outstanding) efforts of faculty, staff, students, and partners in fostering educational excellence.” In particular, she notes the strong leadership of Mr. Mike DeMattos, Dr. Meripa Godinet, Dr. Seunghye Hong, Ms. Theresa Kreif, Dr. Rebecca Stotzer and Ms. Jill Sur in reaffirmation and innovative distance education.
With social work among the fastest growing occupations in the nation – the predicted growth rate is 19 percent from 2012 to 2022 – the School continues its efforts to create opportunities for increased access to a social work degree. In 2017, the school ranked in the top 24 percent of all graduate social work programs in the nation according to US News & World Report. This ranking, combined with its eight-year reaccreditation, highlights the School’s capacity to support the next generation of social workers.