The School of Social Work at Brigham Young University has received accreditation for another seven-year term.

During the past two years, the Commission on Accreditation of the National Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has evaluated the school's programs, visiting BYU and interviewing President Rex E. Lee, faculty, staff and students.Commission members said they "affirmed the many strengths in the program and commend the efforts of the faculty and others associated with the programs."

The five strengths cited by the site team are: a university administration committed to the goals of the school, knowledgeable about its operation and in touch with its faculty; a faculty devoted to the program and to its students; excellent library resources; excellent on-campus clinic training resources; and a well-designed admissions operation.

Barbara Wheeler, director of the School of Social Work, said, "Because of our favorable status, we have gained national recognition." She also said, "I highly endorse the accreditation process; it makes for a quality program."

The school has about 150 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students. Each year, it graduates about 50 with bachelor's degrees and 23 with master's degrees.