Gatekeeping in BSW Programs

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Appendix 13
Commission on Accreditation Supplement to the Handbook of
Accreditation Standards and Procedures:
Guidelines for Termination
for Academic and Professional Reasons

(Previously distributed under the title Guidelines for “Nonacademic” Termination Policies and Procedures)

Accreditation standards (BSW and MSW Standards 5.8) require that social work programs have policies and practices for “terminating a student's enrollment … for reasons of academic and nonacademic performance.” The interpretive guideline refers to “nonacademic” as “performance or behaviors of students that provide relevant information regarding their likely performance as social work practitioners” CSWE (1994). Handbook of Accreditation Standards and Procedures, pp. 89 and 127.

Programs are encouraged to differentially define academic and nonacademic performance in their policies. However, knowledge, skill, and value expectations are all academic in a professional program as they relate to a student's “likely performance as a social work practitioner.” They are “nonacademic” (in the language of the accreditation standard) to differentiate between termination for deficiencies in academic standing (e.g., student whose

This memorandum was mailed by the Council on Social Work Education to social work programs in February 1999.

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