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Social Work

About the Program

Ferrum College’s Social Work program challenges students to make a difference in the lives of others by being inclusive, supportive, and student centered. Social workers spend their careers helping others advance human well being, human rights and social justice. Through combining hands on course work with real world field internships in a number of areas, Ferrum Social Work graduates are well prepared for future employment or graduate school. 

Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Martha Haley-Bowling
Program Coordinator of Social Work
Associate Professor of Social Work
A.A.S., Ferrum College
B.S.W., Ferrum College
M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Capella University
Aaron Slusher
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Beckman Hall 311
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
MSW, Radford University
Veterinary Social Work Certificate, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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Contact the Program Coordinator of Social Work: socialwork@ferrum.edu.

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Ferrum College Baccalaureate Social Work Program

ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES : LAST COMPLETED ON September 2020

Form AS4 (B): A form required for Reaffirmation, Candidacy, and ongoing compliance per AS 4.0.3.

Submitting Form AS 4 for Reaffirmation Self-Study & Candidacy Benchmarks

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

4.0.3: The program uses Form AS 4(B) and/or Form AS 4(M) to report its most recent assessment outcomes for each program option to constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) its findings.

All programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) are required to measure and report student learning outcomes. All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. These holistic competencies reflect the dimensions (knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive & affective processes) of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.

Programs determine a percentage-based benchmark for each competency and determine an outcome-measure benchmark (minimum score) for each measure. The competency benchmark (which can differ for each competency) represents the minimum percent of students the program expects to have achieved the outcome measure benchmarks in both/all measures for each of the nine competencies. The program then determines the percentage of students that attained each outcome measure (e.g., minimum score or higher), and aggregates the percentages for both/all measures together to obtain the percentage of students demonstrating competence inclusive of two (2) or more measures. The result of aggregating both/all outcome measure percentages provides the percentage of students achieving the competency benchmark. An aggregated percentage at or above the competency benchmark is considered achievement of that competency. If the program has more than one program option, the program must report data for each program option, and also an aggregate of all program options combined to determine an overall percentage of students across all program options achieving the competency benchmark.

Posting Form AS 4 for Ongoing Compliance with AS 4.0.3

Per the requirement of CSWE COA’s recognizing body, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and accreditation standard 4.0.3, programs must post this form publicly on its website and routinely up-date (minimally every 2 years) its findings. Upon request, programs must provide CSWE with the weblink to the published form on the program’s website where it is accessible to the public. Data presented on the form must be collected within 2 years of today’s date at all times.

Summary of the Program’s Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. Summarize the program’s competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number measures included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Field Instructor Evaluation
Dimension(s) assessed:All 9 Competencies
When/where students are assessed:During student field placements
Who assessed student competence:Field Instructors
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:
1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior87%
2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice88%
3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic and Environmental88%
Justice
4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice88%
5: Engage in Policy Practice88%
6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and88%
Communities
7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities88%
8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations,88%
and Communities
9: Evaluate Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities88%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:80%

Assessment Measure #2: Senior Capstone Presentation
Dimension(s) assessed:All 9 Competencies
When/where students are assessed:End of spring semester, senior year
Who assessed student competence:Outside advisory members AND faculty
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:80%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:
1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior87%
2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice84%
3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic and Environmental86%
Justice
4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice84%
5: Engage in Policy Practice83%
6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and86%
Communities
7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities87%
8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations,83%
and Communities
9: Evaluate Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities82%

Directions for completing Form AS 4

Indicate the benchmark percentage for each competency. The competency benchmark is the percent of students the program expects to have achieved both/all outcome measure benchmarks. Programs calculate the percentage of students achieving each outcome measure benchmark, then calculate the percentage of students achieving each competency inclusive of two or more measures for each program option. Programs with multiple program options must present data for each program option, and in aggregate inclusive of all program options per competency. Programs may add/delete columns to accurately reflect the number of program options offered. This is a required form. The assessment data table may be altered to accurately reflect the number of program options offered and additional program-developed competencies program. However, beyond these formatting alternations, the program may not alter the content of this form.

COMPETENCY COMPETENCY BENCHMARK (%)PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK
Aggregate of Students from All Program Options

n = (Number of students)
Program Option #1
(identify location/delivery method)

n = (Number of students)
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures87%Measure 1 + Measure 2
87%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures86% Measure 1 + Measure 2
86%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures87% Measure 1 + Measure 2
87%
Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures86% Measure 1 + Measure 2
86%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures86% Measure 1 + Measure 2
86%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures87% Measure 1 + Measure 2
87%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures88% Measure 1 + Measure 2
88%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures86% Measure 1 + Measure 2
86%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of 2 or more measures85% Measure 1 + Measure 2
85%
Any additional Competency(ies) Developed by the Program

Competency


Competency Benchmark

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

 Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional  Behavior80% Benchmark97% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice80% Benchmark91% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social,  Economic,  and Environmental Justice80% Benchmark83.5% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and  Research-informed Practice80% Benchmark87% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice80% Benchmark85% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups,  Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark89% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups,  Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark88% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups,  Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark85% Met the Benchmark
 Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families,  Groups, Organizations, and Communities80% Benchmark94.5% Met the Benchmark

Social Work curriculum may include:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Child Welfare
  • Field Experience
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog here.

  • Internships: Students complete a two semester internship while in the Social Work program. During the senior year, 75 hours in the fall and 400 in the spring semester. The Social Work Field Coordinator assists the student in obtaining a field placement with appropriate social worker supervision which meets the student’s interest areas. A seminar with professor and peers in concurrent.
  • Alpha Delta Mu: Social Work Honor Society
  • Social Work Club: Activities such as sponsoring a United Way Bowlathon, attending Rally in the Valley with social work students from all over Virginia, participating in Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly, and attending various conferences.

What can I be with a Major in Social Work?

  • Child Welfare Services (foster care, adoption, child protective services)
  • Mental Health/Substance Use Case Manager
  • Healthcare Social Work (hospice services, hospitals, home health)
  • School Social Work
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Political Advocacy/Community Organizer/Lobbyist
  • Aging