Bachelor of Social Work applying for impaction status


Dr. Vincent Ornelas smiles at the door of his office. Photo credit: Nicholas Feeley

The Bachelor of Social Work is seeking to limit the number of students who will be accepted into the major after several semesters of overpopulation and reduced resources.

In the 2014-2015 school year the program was operating 35 percent over capacity. In the 2017-2018 school year the major will be operating 60 percent over capacity.

Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, the School of Social Work will be using a more rigorous method of criteria when reviewing applications and accepting a fewer number of undergraduates. One criteria to take place will be a GPA review.

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This graph shows number of enrolled students in the BSW program and the capacity for each given school year. Photo credit: Nicholas Feeley

Students currently enrolled students will be not affected by the changes, said Vincent Ornelas, Bachelor of Social Work director.

Ornelas said he is working to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

BSW program professor, Pamela Johansen spoke out about the pros and cons of the program applying for impaction status.

“We will be able to get to know students again,” Johansen said.

“I think it will be a whole lot better, I have been here for 30 years and I was an undergraduate here in the ’70s,” Johansen said. The hardest part of the change that comes with impaction will be having to turn away students who apply in the future, according to Johansen.

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