Program Assessment Report for JMU BSW Program (2014-2015)
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national accrediting body for all baccalaureate- and masters-level social work education programs in the United States. In 2008, CSWE issued a policy statement identifying ten core competencies around which social work curricula should be organized. Accredited programs are expected to assess each student to determine if they are able to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies. The table below reports the percentage of students (including Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 graduates) meeting the set benchmarks, as measured by the Written Comprehensive Examination, the Oral Comprehensive Examination, the Social Work Information Literacy test (SW-ILT) and their final field evaluation.
Percent Meeting Benchmark in 2014-2015
|COMPETENCY||COMPETENCY BENCHMARK||PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK|
|Identify as a Professional Social Worker||85%||90%|
|Apply Ethical Principles||85%||84%|
|Apply Critical Thinking||85%||89%|
|Engage Diversity in Practice||85%||93%|
|Advance Human Rights/ Social & Economic Justice||85%||85%|
|Engage Research Informed Practice/ Practice Informed Research||85%||92%|
|Apply Human Behavior Knowledge||85%||83%|
|Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Bing and Deliver Services||85%||93%|
|Respond to Practice Contexts||85%||91%|
Scores of 85% and higher are considered meeting the competency benchmark.
Scores of 80 to 84% are considered approaching the competency benchmark.
Scores below 80% are considered not meeting benchmark.
This report is based on data from students graduated in December of 2014 and May of 2015, a total of 71 students. Each student participated in four assessment measurement activities – the Written Comprehensive Exam, the Oral Comprehensive Exam, the Social Work addendum to the Information Literacy Test, and the Final Field Supervisor Evaluation. On the Written Comprehensive Exam and SW-ILT, a benchmark of 50% was defined as competency. On the Oral Exam, it was a score of 2 on a 5 point scale and on the field evaluation, 3 on a 5 point scale. Each Competency is assessed by at least two of the four measures and percentage scores are averaged among them.