WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
 BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Updated with AY 2012-2013 data. 

 

The WCSU Department of Social Work has evaluated student outcomes for 10 competency areas and 41 practice behaviors as specified by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for Academic Years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  The data shown below indicates the percentages of our seniors who scored in the Competent to Highly Competent Ranges. All others fell within the Developing Competency Range whereas 0% of seniors fell in the Marginally Competent or Lacks Competency Range. For example, for Competency 1, Identify as a Professional Social Worker, in AY 2010-2011, 93% fell in the Competent to Highly Competent Ranges, 7% in the Developing Competency Range, and 0% in the Marginally Competent or Lacks Competency Range.

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes.  Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. 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.

 

COMPETENCY

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK OF GRADUATING SENIORS PERFORMING IN THE HIGHLY COMPETENT OR COMPETENT RANGES*

 

AY 2010-2011
Benchmark = 75%

AY 2011-2012
Benchmark = 80%

AY 2012-2013
Benchmark = 85%

Identify as a Professional Social Worker

93%

98%

100%

Apply Ethical Principles

76%

88%

100%

Apply Critical Thinking

95%

99%

100%

Engage Diversity in Practice

89%

96%

100%

Advance Human Rights/ Social and Economic Justice

79%

96%

100%

Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed
Research

85%

95%

100%

Apply Human Behavior Knowledge

91%

98%

100%

Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services

77%

96%

100%

Respond to Practice Contexts

80%

96%

100%

Practice Engagement

97%

99%

100%

Practice Assessment

91%

97%

100%

Practice Intervention

90%

98%

100%

Practice Evaluation

88%

91%

100%

* % represents those who fell within the Competent to Highly Competent Ranges, whereas all others fell in the Developing Competency Range and 0% fell into the Marginally Competent or Lacks Competency Range)

 

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