Program Assessment Data
The School of Social Work has developed, implemented, and looks to continually improve the assessment process to reflect the School’s goal of preparing individuals for ethically competent professional practice as social workers of advanced practice at the Master’s level and ethically competent beginning professional practice as social workers at the Baccalaureate level. The assessment effort provides data on the educational process as manifested in the attainment of educational outcomes (i.e., competencies) by students. Results of the assessment process are used to inform curriculum change and increase programmatic effectiveness.
The assessment efforts focus on the Field Instruction experience, as it serves in a capstone capacity for program students. The compilation of students’ educational knowledge and skills is tested in the field environment, allowing for direct assessment of their learning. The Field Instruction Evaluation, completed by field instructors at the end of field placement assignments, and the Student Self Efficacy Assessment, completed at the end of students’ final semester of field placement, are the key assessment measures.
The School identified the percentage of students performing at the level of “consistently demonstrates” (rating of ‘1’) or “generally demonstrates” (rating of ‘2’) as the benchmark for determining competency proficiency for the Field Instruction Evaluation. Ninety percent (90%) of MSW students must be rated at these performance levels in order for the competency benchmark to be attained. Eighty percent (80%) of BSSW students must be rated at these performance levels in order for the competency benchmark to be attained.
Similar to the explanation provided for the competency benchmark determination for the Field Instruction Evaluation, the percentage of students who reported a high level of confidence in being able to perform the practice behaviors associated with the competencies (“strongly agree” or “agree”) on the Self Efficacy Assessment was used to determine the competency benchmark. The benchmarks are set at 90% (MSW) and 80% (BSSW) of students reporting a high confidence level (“strongly agree” or “agree”).
CSWE Data Reports (PDF)