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Felony Convictions and Program Admissions: Theoretical Perspectives to Guide Decision-Making

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M. Gail Leedy Ph.D., Professor & Chair of the Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Social work education programs face an ethical dilemma when determining whether to admit an applicant who has been convicted of a felony. Decisions must be made which protect future clients while also providing educational opportunities to qualified students. A hybrid decision-making model, integrating statistical modeling and intuitive processes, is presented.

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Leedy, G., & Smith, J. E. (2005). Felony convictions and program admissions: theoretical perspectives to guide decision-making. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 2(1). (Spring) Published by White Hat Communications. (ISSN: 1553-6947) Open Access Publication. Version of record at:
Language: English
Date: 2005