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Program Assessment Report for JMU BSW Program (2012-2013)

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 2012 and spring 2013 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 2012-2013

Educational Competency % Meeting Benchmark
01. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. 93.06%
02. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. 75.68%
03. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments. 93.24%
04. Engage diversity and difference in practice. 97.30%
05. Advance human rights and social and economic justice. Under Development
06. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research. 76.71%
07. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. 86.49%
08. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services. 91.89%
09. Respond to contexts that shape practice. 81.08%
10a. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. [Engagement] 97.30%
10b. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. [Assessment]  95.95%
10c. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. [Intervention]  89.19%
10d. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. [Evaluation] 95.77%
  • We used 50% for the scoring benchmarks for all ten Educational Competencies this academic year 2012-2013, due to the relatively new measures for the Written Comprehensive exam and the SW-ILT and the high difficulty level in items on the existing assessment tools overall.        

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