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JCSU creates School of Social Work, restructures Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Johnson C. Smith University has been traveling on a nine-year journey toward radical transformation under the model of becoming a new urban university. Holding high the legacy of 150 years of undeniable progress, the University is expanding our presence in new demographics and the digital sphere.

We have also realigned our academic colleges to better fit the new urban university model, and have arrived at the next step of our growing edge: developing our first school, in the area of Social Work.

A “school” is an organizational structure that offers the following attributes:

  • Both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a focused area
  • Research and training opportunities
  • Is responsible for the degree offered by the University in that area of study

JCSU’s School of Social Work now offers both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees, as well as research and training opportunities in the theory and practice of social work. Developing this structure is a defining attribute of what it means to be a true university.

Dr. Helen Caldwell, currently Dean of the College of Professional Studies, now heads up the School of Social Work, which includes the Bachelor of Social Work program, the Master of Social Work program, and JCSU’s research centers, such as the Foster Village Network Center/Phasing Up to New Possibilities and Elon Homes programs.

The University is also streamlining and enhancing student pathways with better support for the adult degree program.

Metropolitan College has become Metropolitan College of Professional Studies, with the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Health and Human Performance (sport management and community health) under its umbrella. Dr. Laura McLean remains dean, overseeing the integration of traditional and nontraditional students and providing greater exposure to the adult degree program. This will also strengthen JCSU’s online business administration and sport management concentrations.

The University’s restructuring and realignment will better serve the institutional needs of our students. These changes were effective July 1, 2017.  

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