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Spring 2011 Newsletter


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BSW Program Information
BSW Performance Standards
• Admission

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

• Evaluation & Notification

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Program Objectives
Course Descriptions
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Bachelor of Social Work

Application Evaluation & Notification

Admission decisions for the BSW Program are based on evidence of:

  1. high academic standards
  2. a commitment to social work values
  3. a basic understanding of generalist social work practice
  4. professional behaviors and attitudes
  5. emotional maturity
  6. excellent writing skills (The personal statement submitted is evaluated on punctuation, spelling, grammar, syntax, organization, and the ability to clearly express ideas).
  7. excellent communication skills
  8. good critical thinking and analytic ability, including evidence of good judgment
  9. examination of relevant work and/or volunteer experience
  10. references (professional/ employment/ volunteer) Students are encouraged to review the reference form and request references from individuals who will be able to answer a majority of the questions asked.

    Acceptable references include:
    1. Faculty who are not on the Social Work BSW Admissions Committee
    2. Supervisors - employment or volunteer positions
    3. Individuals with professional knowledge of social work or human service who have provided direct supervision for the applicant.

References from relatives, friends, and family ministers or clergy are considered to be character references, and not appropriate for the BSW application, unless the applicant was a paid employee or has had exceptional volunteer experiences which were supervised by the individual.

Applications are not reviewed until all materials have been received by the Social Work Department BSW Admissions Committee. If necessary, a student may be asked to submit additional documentation from individuals attesting to the student’s readiness for study in the field of social work. Upon completion of the application process, the student will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision.

The committee will make every attempt to notify students of the status of their application before early registration of the semester in which they apply. It is important that the committee has complete application packets in order to meet this deadline and notify students. Students may be fully admitted to the program due to completion of all requirements, admitted on a conditional status, or admitted on a probationary status. A student may also be denied admission. Any student who is denied admission into the program may appeal in writing to the Admission Committee. If the appeal is denied by the Admission Committee the applicant may appeal to the Chair of the Social Work Department. All information submitted during the application process becomes the property of the Social Work Department and will be kept confidential.

When a student is officially admitted into the Social Work program, his/her academic progress will be periodically reviewed based on the standards in the BSW Social Work Handbook.

It is the policy of the University of Southern Indiana to be in full compliance with all federal and state nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity laws, orders, and regulations relating to race, sex, religion, handicap, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status, Questions or concerns should be directed to the Affirmative Action officer, USI Human Resources Dept., Orr Center Room# 012, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712 (Telephone: 812/464-1815). Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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