Social work

WLU and Concord Ink Agreement for a Masters in Social Work

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., November 11, 2022 – West Liberty University (WLU) and Concord University (Concord) recently marked the establishment of a new articulation agreement for WLU students who will earn their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and are considering earning a Master of Social Work (MSW).

“This new collaboration between our two institutions provides a seamless transition for West Liberty University undergraduates enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Social Work, as they seek to transition into a quality master’s degree program,” said said Dr. W. Franklin Evans, President of WLU.

“Our collaboration with West Liberty University is one of the first to provide a clear and organized pathway for BSW students to enter higher social work education at Concord. We look forward to continuing our strong history of working with West Liberty’s social work program. I strongly believe this agreement will improve access to highly skilled social workers in West Virginia and our surrounding communities,” said Dr. Scott Inghram, Associate Professor and MSW Program Director at Concord.

Megan Maus, one of the first students to benefit from the new arrangement.

The four plus one deal is already being leveraged by two current WLU students, Megan Maus, of Weirton, W.Va. and Kaiden Lamkin, of Philippi, W.Va.

Kaiden Lamkin, one of the first students to benefit from the new arrangement.

“By partnering, Concord and West Liberty are enabling more students to progress in this much-needed career choice,” said Dr. Sylvia Senften, professor and chair of the social work program. “I am also grateful to the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) of West Virginia for supporting this pipeline project.”

The collaborative agreement between WLU and Concord grants priority admission status to WLU students enrolled in the social work program who meet specific qualifications and prerequisite coursework. Concord’s master’s program application fee will also be waived.

“It’s such a benefit for our students who want to pursue higher education. We are grateful to Concord for this arrangement,” Senften added.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires a rigorous accreditation process. West Liberty University’s BSW program received its initial accreditation in 2012 and was last reaffirmed in 2019.

West Liberty University is West Virginia’s first public institution of higher learning, established in 1837, and now offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, as well as a growing number of graduate programs, both online and on the campus.

For more information about the social work program, both undergraduate, and this new four plus one arrangement, please email Senften at [email protected]

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