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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


A conceptual model of graduate social work admissions highlighting the societal implications of admission decisions is set out in this paper. Admissions, it is argued, can be viewed as a resource allocation process in which the distribution of various resources – goods and services, status, authority and professional autonomy – is altered. The authoritative allocation of status within the status economy of the profession is set forth and defended as the key allocation dimension of admissions processes.

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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education. Chicago, IL. March, 1975.



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