History of the Carver School

  • History of The Carver School of Social Work & Counseling

    Campbellsville University established its first program of social work in 1974.  The degree awarded was a Bachelor of Science with social work as a major. The program was accredited by our regional accrediting organizations, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, but at that time it was not accredited by our professional organization.  The program existed in that form until 1989 when it was phased out by the institution.

    Student requests, community and state employment needs, and the support of the Administration and Board of Trustees were the catalysts in 1994 for a rebirth of the social work program.  The University was excited, supportive, and ready to build a quality program that was worthy of national accreditation and the standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 
    The social work program entered accreditation candidacy with the CSWE in 1998 and proceeded through the development process. Initial accreditation was granted in February 2001. Once initial accreditation was awarded, CSWE granted reciprocity to students who had graduated from the BSW program during the candidacy period (1998-2001) and they too were considered graduates of a CSWE accredited program.

    During the development stages of the undergraduate program (1995-1997), just prior to the BSW programs entry into candidacy with the CSWE, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville Kentucky, previous home to the Carver School of Church Social Work, was in discussions with the CSWE regarding noncompliance of accreditation standards.
    This led the SBTS to seek a new location for the Carver School of Church Social Work and ultimately, the sale of the school to Campbellsville University. Although saddened by the decision of the SBTS, Campbellsville University humbly accepted the opportunity to provide Carver a continuing home in Kentucky and to carry forth the Carver name and Christian mission and, in addition, provide a home for the historic library collection. The acquisition of the Carver School of Church Social Work was finalized between Campbellsville University and the SBTS on December 17, 1997.

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