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National Accreditation

Ferrum College Baccalaureate Social Work Program

Report: Assessment of Student Competencies/Learning Outcomes, January 2013

 

As of January 2013 all Social Work Programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education are required to publish the current 2008 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards of Competencies and the most recent assessment report.

 

The Ferrum College BSW Program went through the reaffirmation process for reaccreditation by the Council on Social Work Education under the 2003 EPAS (Education Policies Accreditation Standards).  The program was positively reviewed in 2009 and will be reviewed again in eight years, 2017.  The most recent full program assessment was conducted under the old EPAS.

 

In 2010, in order to begin the process of changing over to the 2008 EPAS, the Ferrum College BSW Program faculty carefully reviewed the new policies and standards, reviewed various relevant professional social work articles as well as curriculums of several programs accredited under the new standards.  In addition, the faculty met a number of times with our Social Work Program Advisory Committee (consisting of a diverse group of agency field instructors as well as agency program directors and two student representatives) over the course of two years, to revise the curriculum to better meet the new standards, resulting in several key changes.  The new curriculum went through the required college curriculum approval process and was approved in Spring 2011.  This means that for the Academic years of 2012-13, and to some degree 2013-14, the program will have students completing and graduating under the old curriculum, while others are transitioning into the new curriculum.  Due to this transition, the BSW Program began to field test a new Senior Field Evaluation in spring of 2012.  Field Instructors had some challenges with the wording of items and understanding the intent of some evaluative items, resulting in a larger than desired number of NA responses.  This Senior Field Evaluation was used as an external measure of our benchmarks related to the 2008 EPAS- see below the Ferrum College BSW Form AS4(B) Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes of 2012.

 

The Ferrum College BSW Program is in the process of refining embedded course assignments which will be used in various new courses and new configurations and does not yet have data to report since many of these courses will not be first taught until AY 2013-14.  The Senior Field Practicum and Seminar has been expanded to include the Fall semester, as well as the traditional Spring, during which students will concurrently take their Mezzo and Macro Practice courses along with a second Research course.  The plan is that student class projects will be implemented in the field agency and thus better insure an experience which can be evaluated both by the faculty course instructor as well as the field instructor.  This concurrent process should result in much fewer NA ratings on the field evaluation in these areas.  In addition, the Senior Capstone Course will focus more attention on the Senior Portfolio which will be required to address each of the ten competency areas to be evaluated both by the faculty as well as members of the Social Work Program Advisory Committee.

 

Ferrum College BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES : LAST COMPLETED ON May 2012 

Form AS4 (B) Duplicate and expand as needed.  Provide table(s) to support self -study narrative addressing the accreditation standards below.

This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards below:

4.0.2    The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.

4.0.4   The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) these postings

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

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

 

 

 

Identify as a

Professional

Social Worker

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 1.1 -1.6.

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
.7% not yet met but hope will in future (n=1)
25.3% met expectations (n=39)
45.4% above expectations   (n=70)
28.6% excelled (n=44)
Met: 99% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=5)

Apply Ethical

Principles

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on on 2.1-2.6.

 

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
2% not yet met but hope will in future (n=2)
31% met expectations (n=30)
46% above expectations   (n=44)
21% excelled (n=20)
Met: 98% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=2)

Apply Critical

Thinking

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 3.1-3.11

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
42.5% met expectations (n=70)
35% above expectations   (n=58)
22.5% excelled (n=37)
Met: 100 % of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
 Not Applicable: (n=11)

Engage

Diversity in

Practice

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 4.1-4.6

 

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
32.25% met expectations (n=31)
31.25% above expectations   (n=30)
36.5% excelled (n=35)
Met: 100% achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=0)

Advance Human

Rights/ Social and

Economic Justice

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 5.1-5.5

 

% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
38% met expectations (n=28)
32% above expectations   (n=23)
30% excelled (n=22)
Met:100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=7)

Engage Research

Informed Practice/

Practice Informed

Research

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 6.1-6.7

 

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
62.5% met expectations (n=52)
20.5% above expectations   (n=17)
17% excelled (n=14)
Met: 100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
 Not Applicable: (n=29)

Apply Human Behavior

Knowledge

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 7.1-7.5

 

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
33% met expectations (n=26)
52% above expectations   (n=41)
15% excelled (n=12)
Met: 100% achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable : (n=0)

Engage Policy

Practice to

Advance Well-

Being and Deliver

Services

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 8.1-8.7






0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
47% met expectations (n=44)
33% above expectations   (n=31)
20% excelled (n=19)
Met: 100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
 Not Applicable: (n=18)

Respond to

Practice Contexts

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 9.1-9.4

 

 

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
47.5% met expectations (n=27)
35% above expectations   (n=20)
17.5% excelled (n=10)
Met: 100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=7)

Practice Engagement

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 10.6-10.11

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
30.5% met expectations (n=23)
39% above expectations   (n=29)
30.5% excelled (n=23)
Met: 100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=21)

Practice

Assessment

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 10.12-10.16

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
31% met expectations (n=20)
46% above expectations   (n=30)
23% excelled (n=15)
Met: 100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=15)

Practice

Intervention

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 10.17-10.21

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
39% met expectations (n=22)
34% above expectations   (n=19)
27% excelled (n=15)
Met: 100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=25)

Practice

Evaluation

80% of Practicum students will be assessed by their field supervisor at least at the “Met Expectations” level or better for an intern in this area on 10.1-10.5

0% not met and not much hope (n=0)
0% not yet met but hope will in future (n=0)
55% met expectations (n=35)
31% above expectations   (n=20)
14% excelled (n=9)
Met: 100% of those rated on all sub items achieved the benchmark.
Not Applicable: (n=16)