Accreditation and Assessment
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
The BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.
Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
Only CSWE accredited programs and schools are recognized by states as being qualified to offer academic preparation leading to professional social work licensure for their graduates. The BSW program, accredited by CSWE, is recognized by accredited graduate schools of social work as eligible preparation for “Advanced Standing” consideration for the MSW degree.
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Assessment Data and Communication
The George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University is a combined (BSW and MSW) program accredited by Council on Social Work Education originating at George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois, before going to the Aurora University campus in 1987. The social work programs have continually been reaffirmed by CSWE through its required eight-year cycle. Please click on the links below to view the 2016 Self Study and the official letter of reaffirmation from 2009. Please refer to Standard section 4.0 beginning on BSW page 85 and MSW page 210, which details assessment work of both the BSW and MSW programs according to the 2001 EPAS from CSWE.
- Self Study Volume I - BSW (PDF)
- Self Study Volume I - MSW (PDF)
- CSWE Letter of Reaffirmation - BSW (PDF)
- CSWE Letter of Reaffirmation - MSW (PDF)
- Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - BSW (PDF)
- Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - MSW (PDF)
- Aurora University SSW Substantive Change Report: Online Education for MSW Students (PDF)
Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Educators' License with School Social Work Endorsement
For students who are interested in preparing to be school social workers, the MSW program offers a school social work track that is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for the Illinois Educators' License with School Social Work Endorsement. The George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University is also accredited to offer a Post-MSW Illinois Educators' License with School Social Work Endorsement program.
Illinois Certification Board (ICB)
The George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University is accredited by ICB to offer advanced training in addictions. The school offers an addictions counseling specialization in both the BSW and MSW programs, which meets the requirements for students to become Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors (CADC) in Illinois. The George Williams School of Social Work is also accredited to offer a Post-graduate Addictions Certification program.