We need more social workers, not fewer

Dec 10, 2007

In October, Brigham Young University announced that it would discontinue its undergraduate social work program. Students, social workers and the NASW Utah Chapter disagree with this decision. Read here from the Salt Lake Tribune about this decision and student protests to the decision.

In a letter the NASW Utah Chapter wrote to the president of BYU, Cecil Samuelson, they stated their concern for the decision made by David Magleby, dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences. They noted the value of a Bachelor of Social Work, the unique education of a BSW student to work in social services in Utah, and the complement that the BSW program brings to the MSW program that already exists.

Most importantly, they noted the need for more, not less social workers available to serve the citizens of Utah.

How do you feel about this decision? How do you feel this will effect Utah and its citizens?

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