Enrollment climbs at Missouri State University's School of Social Work

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Enrollment in Missouri State University’s School of Social Work continues to rise because of new programs in West Plains and Neosho, a growing national demand for social workers and the healing passage of time since a high-profile lawsuit against the program in 2007.

“When something like that happens, I think time helps a lot,” said Carol L. Langer, who took over as director of MSU’s School of Social Work a year ago. “It’s like having an upheaval in your personal life.”

Student Emily Brooker sued the school, alleging her religious rights were violated when a college professor asked students to sign a letter to state lawmakers advocating for same-sex adoptions. It was part of a class assignment. Brooker said faculty punished her when she refused to participate.

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