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Social Work

Student Handbook

Matriculation Process in Social Work

The purpose of the advisement process in the Social Work Program is to maximize the opportunities for students to personalize their curriculums and experiences within the parameters of accreditation guidelines. The faculty advisor is viewed as a resource person in this process. It is the option of the student to define the extent to which she or he will utilize this person. However, it is obviously to the studentsí advantage to know their advisor and to become involved in the process.

How to Get an Advisor
Visit the social work offices on the second floor of Memorial Hall and see the secretary in room 230R. If you are ambivalent regarding a degree in Social Work, the secretary will refer you to a faculty member within the Social Work Program who is willing to explore how the profession may relate to your personal ambitions. If you choose to declare social work as your major, a faculty advisor will be assigned to you. If you have a preference for a particular faculty member, an attempt will be made to accommodate your wish.

Role of Advisor
There are three major areas where your advisor can provide you with assistance. These are in scheduling your classes, gaining admission to the Program and applying for field placement. You may find that your advisor can be an excellent resource person both within the university community and the professional networks outside the university.

At least once every semester, you will be required to meet with your advisor to plan for the subsequent semester. This is an opportunity to review your progress.

Transfer students are required to meet with the Director of the Program upon their declared interest in social work as a major. General program information is discussed in this session (admissions, SSWO, advisement) and transfer credits are reviewed. An attempt is made to work with each student's unique situation so that courses be accepted without compromising the integrity of the sequencing, standards, and requirements of the program.

The Program Director and all other advisors ensure consistency in accepting transfer credit by using a procedure to determine appropriate substitution. The Curriculum Committee reviews all course substitutions. A form is provided (see Appendix B) to expedite the process. Students work with their advisors to provide information and document a rationale for the substitution. Syllabi, catalog descriptions, textbooks, assignments and personal contact with previous instructors may be used to provide evidence of the appropriateness of the request. The decision of the Curriculum Committee may be challenged and the University structure may also be used should a student be dissatisfied with a negative response. In all cases, discretion is used to prevent duplication and not compromise Program integrity and accreditation standards.

Revised (July, 2005)