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Program Assessment Report for JMU BSW Program (2013-2014)

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 2013 and spring 2014 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 2013-2014.

COMPETENCY COMPETENCY BENCHMARK PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK
Identify as a Professional Social Worker 85% 94%
Apply Ethical Principles 85% 83%
Apply Critical Thinking 85% 86%
Engage Diversity in Practice 85% 95%
Advance Human Rights/ Social & Economic Justice 85% 88%
Engage Research Informed Practice/ Practice Informed Research 85% 80%
Apply Human  Behavior Knowledge 85% 80%
Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Bing and Deliver Services 85% 93%
Respond to Practice Contexts 85% 94%
Practice Engagement 85% 97%
Practice Assessment 85% 94%
Practice Intervention 85% 94%
Practice Evaluation 85% 88%

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 2013 and May of 2014, a total of 77 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.

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