When William Hogan came back to visit WVU in March, he had one goal in mind to give back to students pursuing their master’s degree in social work.
Hogan, a 1980 MSW graduate of WVU, is the interim dean of the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He said he remembers his graduate school experience vividly.
“As someone who went to school at WVU while married with two small kids, and who worked at the Appalachian Community Health Center (the mental health center in Elkins) I know how important it is to give students every opportunity to be successful,” he said.
William Hogan, MSW 1980
“I’m hoping I can play a small part in ensuring that success by supporting and promoting the mission of the School of Social Work.”
The Hogan Social Work Graduate Support Fund supports students who plan to stay in West Virginia; are interested in community mental health, or are already practicing; and who are employed full time.
The School of Social Work, a designation that took effect in July, is in the midst of an exciting time.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is home to approximately 475 students, 300 of whom are graduate students. In a 2008 U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate programs, The WVU Master of Social Work program was ranked 82 out of 159 programs.
But with 70 percent of WVU students receiving some financial aid, almost half of the aid is given to resident undergraduates.
A key component of the Eberly College 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future includes enriching graduate learning. Providing greater financial assistance to graduate students is housed within that goal.
As the sole institution in the state’s higher education community offering an accredited Master of Social Work program, WVU chose to change social work from a division to a school because of its size and ranking.
This designation more appropriately compares the program with its peer institutions such as the University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Pittsburgh and University of Maryland, Baltimore. Being known as a school will assist in student and faculty recruitment, as well as overall visibility in the state and the nation.
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