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No 2011 accreditation for ASU social work program

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Monday students in the Social Work Masters program had a closed door meeting with the dean of nursing and health professionals.  ASU students found out last week the program they're enrolled in will not be accredited this year!

"Stressing, nerve wracking we're just not sure where we're going," said Melanie Brown.

"It's been a really stressful week as far as the rumors going back and forth and as far as between students," said student Gary Taber.

Some students in the ASU Masters of Social Work Program are still absorbing the news that their program will not be accredited by this fall.

"It changes our life.  I was going to graduate and become a therapist and now I'm not," said Brown.

After Monday night's meeting things are clearer for students.  While some students are upset, others say it will all work out.

"I'm a firm believer that the university has our best interest at heart and that they are trying to do whatever they can to make it right for their students," said Taber.

"We've been told that it will be accredited in 2012, hopefully.  It's not a guarantee but we do know it's not going to be accredited this year," said Brown.

Students said they first learned about this last Monday.  Many said they knew all along that the school is not currently accredited and that it was in the process of receiving the accreditation.

"I knew that there was a possibility of delay when the program started that's something that all students are made aware of," said Taber.

"Everything I've been told since joining this program has been consistent," said Caleb Oxner.

Other students don't agree.  Kristi McKenzie has only had one semester in this program and has plans to leave.

"I intend to begin applying to other universities that are accredited," said McKenzie.

McKenzie said she has contacted 17 universities so far and none will transfer her credit hours.  Students say there are around 60 students who are supposed to graduate in May.

"We don't actually lose anything.  We're going to graduate the same as we always would we'll get our diploma that shows our degree and we'll go home.  When it does get accredited we'll start working," said Brown.

"I still have high hopes that they're going to get their accreditation on an expedited track but if they don't I already have other employment that I'm already involved in," said Taber.

The university released a letter about the issue that in part said, "Officials in the ASU social work program understand fully that this change in schedule is very problematic for the students who had expected to graduate from an accredited program in May 2011".

We made multiple attempts to reach out to the university.  Representatives from ASU refused to comment on the accreditation issue.

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