WHAT’S IN A NAME: UH GRADUATE SCHOOL
OF SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES TO COLLEGE
Change in Title Underscores Increased Depth of Curriculum
HOUSTON, January 9, 2006—The new year brings with it a new
name for a long-time resident at the University of Houston. The
UH Graduate School of Social Work is now the UH Graduate College
of Social Work.
“The new title accurately reflects the broad range of programs
and activities the college currently offers,” Dean Ira Colby
said. “Plus the change distinguishes the UH program from other
such programs, state- and nationwide.” The change is effective
Colby says the majority of the 184 graduate social work programs
in the country are referred to as schools, divisions, departments
or programs. The difficulty with these titles, he says, is that
the public is unclear if the program is an independent unit or if
it is housed within a college. In addition, there already exist
four other social work educational programs that are called “Graduate
School of Social Work.”
“There is also a trend for social work schools to adopt a
‘college’ designation,” Colby said referring to
programs in Florida, California, Illinois, Kentucky and Utah, to
name a few.
The UH Graduate College of Social Work enrolls approximately 350
students in its master’s and 40 students in its doctoral programs.
Curriculum for the current master’s program includes concentrations
in mental health, health care, children and families, gerontology
and political social work. The college also houses the Office of
Community Projects and the Office for Drug and Social Policy Research.
For more information on the UH Graduate College of Social Work,
please visit www.sw.uh.edu.
About the University of Houston
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and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers
and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate,
civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university
in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and
service with more than 35,000 students.
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