The University of Kentucky (UK) began to offer off-campus programs to the Commonwealth in 1975 under Ronda Connaway, the second dean of the College of Social Professions (COSP)—which became the College of Social Work (COSW) in 1980 (UK COSW, 2016). Dean Connaway’s vision was to expand the program to provide advance-degreed social workers based on student, employer and community demand (College History, 2016).
Williamson, Jessica; Hays, Dana; Slone, Melissa; and Feltner, Frances J., "UK CERH Social Work Programs: History & Employment Outlook" (2018). Center of Excellence in Rural Health Workforce Reports. 2.