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Mississippi College Social Work Program Reaffirmed

March 6, 2009

Mississippi College's social work program has received national reaccreditation - and that stamp of approval is good for another eight years.

Last month, the Council on Social Work Education gave its endorsement to the bachelor of social work program on the Clinton campus.

Nationwide, there are 470 accredited social work programs at the bachelor's level and 195 at the master's level, reports show.

Getting approval from the Council on Social Work Education was the result of an enormous amount of hard work by key MC administrators and professors. It also reflects the strength of the student body and the accomplishments of alumni, university leaders say.

"We are so very pleased that our Social Work Program, led by Dr. Brian Anderson and professor Mary Johnston has been re-affirmed for another eight years," said Ron Howard, vice president for academic affairs. "Our program is growing stronger all the time. I am especially impressed with the quality of our social work students."

MC social work graduates, Howard said, "are having a wonderful impact on the lives of so many people."

Anderson, the director of MC's social work program, is a Tougaloo College graduate. He holds a master's from Louisiana State University and received a doctorate from Jackson State University. He's served on the MC faculty since 2006.

In addition to his work teaching such courses as sociology, social welfare policies and human behavior, Anderson is a mentor to young people. He serves as a volunteer basketball coach for the Callaway High School boys' basketball team. One of Mississippi's top teams during the entire 2008-2009 season, the Callaway Chargers won the state 4-A basketball title at the Mississippi Coliseum last weekend in Jackson.

"It was a very exciting moment to share that accomplishment with the guys at Callaway,'' Anderson said at his MC office Tuesday. "We look forward to continued success.''

With Anderson joining them at courtside, Callaway's next hoops hurdle will be 5-A champ Biloxi High in the Grand Slam tournament at the Mississippi Coliseum Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Building success for MC's social work program, it required daily teamwork by Anderson, Johnston and others.

Dr. Gary Mayfield serves as chairman of MC's Department of Sociology and Social Work. The social work program is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences led by Mayfield as its dean.

Anderson is delighted about the program's reaffirmation. Many MC stakeholders worked as a team to make it happen, he said. "It reflects the hard work of departmental faculty and staff and speaks well to the successes of alumni around the nation."

For additional information on MC's social work program, contact Brian Anderson at 601-925-3298 or banderso@mc.edu

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