LSC, UW-Superior create Social Work articulation agreement

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Lake Superior College and UW-Superior have signed an articulation agreement that will meet the needs of social work students and eventually employers throughout the area.

The articulation agreement allows graduates from Lake Superior College’s Associate of Arts with a sociology focus to make a smooth and simple transition into a four year school at UW-Superior to complete their Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work.

“This is a win-win for both the students and the schools,” said Dr. Monica Roth Day, the coordinator of the social work program at UW-Superior. “Under this agreement students can make plans for graduation well before they even get started in the college process. They have this wonderful opportunity to come seamlessly into our program.”  The professor said this is a growing field and will help meet market demand from employers. “Human services managers are telling us there’s a need for more skilled social workers.”

Marlise Riffel, a sociology instructor at LSC, said this social work articulation agreement will ensure that students have the maximum amount of transferable credits (25) combined with an Associate of Arts degree that heavily emphasizes sociology. “This formal articulation will make it possible for us to begin working with students as soon as they enroll at LSC to guide them through the coursework and keep them connected with UW-Superior as they finish their AA degree and prepare to transfer.”

Over the past two years Riffel has noticed a marked increase in the number of sociology students there who express an interest in going on for a social work degree.

“I think this articulation will streamline their educational experience and ensure that more of our students do, in fact, transfer and complete a degree,” added Riffel.  “That’s good news for both of our programs.”

The social work program at UW-Superior has had a successful track record of producing quality graduates for the region and this arrangement will go a long way to continuing that well into the future. The two schools have also worked together in the past to assist students make a smooth transition in the area of social work studies.

Shane Deadrick is the transfer coordinator at UW-Superior and believes arrangements like these help to inspire and motivate students because it shows a working relationship between the two schools.

“It makes transferring easier for the students because they know how their credits will transfer long before they apply,” he said. “When students see the working relationship through articulation agreements and visiting with faculty regarding those agreements, students feel more comfortable transferring.”

This social work articulation agreement is one of 25 others that UW-Superior offers and isn’t the only one featured between the two schools. A Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Science agreement is also in place between UW-Superior and Lake Superior College and Accounting Bachelor of Science degree as well. More details on all of the UW-Superior articulation agreements including the Lake Superior College agreements can be found here: UW-Superior Articulation Agreement programs.