B.S.W. assessment data

All programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) measure and report student learning outcomes.

Students are assessed for mastery of the competencies that compose the accreditation standards. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

About the data evaluation process

Form AS4 (B) The forms below are used to assist the Commission on Accreditation in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards below:

4.0.2    The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.

4.0.4   The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS 4(M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely updates (minimally every two years) these postings

Update cycle

Data on B.S.W. student learning outcomes is on a two-year renewal cycle and will be updated in late 2023.

Summary of the program’s assessment plan

Generalist practice

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that compose the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education. 

Assessment Measure #1: (B.S.W. Graduation Portfolio)
Dimension(s) assessed: Skills, Knowledge, Values, Cognitive and Affective Reactions
When/where students are assessed: Spring 2021, Component of SLWK 499: Senior Seminar
Who assessed student competence: B.S.W. Program Committee Members (Faculty and Staff) 
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Rating of 2 or 3 on a 3-point scale
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%
Assessment Measure #2: (Senior Field Evaluation)
Dimension(s) assessed: Skills, Knowledge, Values, Cognitive and Affective Reactions
When/where students are assessed: Spring 2021, Component of SLWK 495: Senior Field Instruction II
Who assessed student competence: Faculty & Field Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Rating of 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

B.S.W. assessment data collected during academic year 2020-2021

CompetencyCompetency benchmarkPercentage of students
achieving benchmark1
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 89.8%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% 88.1%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% 82.2%
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice 80% 72.6%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 75.8%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 85.5%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities 80% 83.8%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities 80% 79.4%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities 80% 75.2%

1 Aggregate of students from face-to-face program option; N= 105

Last updated: November, 2021