As required by the Council on Social Work Education, the faculty have put in place multilevel curricular assessment models for evaluating student outcomes. Outcomes include students’ knowledge of content and ability to use appropriate practice skills. Data from these assessments are used to modify the curriculum and are used by faculty to determine the most appropriate and effective practice- and research-based knowledge and skills for inclusion in the curricula of the concentrations. Assessments are summarized after the Spring Semester each year.
More specifically, the assessment models use the following measures:
1. an assessment of a student's performance in classroom coursework,
2. a collaborative/cooperative assessment (involving evaluations by the field instructor, faculty liaison, and student) of the student performance in the field practicum setting,
3. pre and post surveys administered when students enter the program and during one
of the last courses they take to determine changes in students’ perceptions of their knowledge and skills related to CSWE competency areas, and
4. an exit survey to determine each graduate's opinion about the educational experiences in the program.
The measures allow us to assess curricular objectives of courses. These are, in turn, linked to the established goals and objectives of the program as well as to the mission, goals, and objectives of the SSW.
Assessment tools use to determine student success
Each of the 10 major competency areas, with their associated practice behaviors are measured in two or more courses at both the BSW and foundation MSW levels, and at the concentration MSW level. In each course offered by the UMSL School of Social Work, assignments contribute toward various competencies with scoring on those assignments completed using 5-point rubrics reflecting the following scale:
- Unacceptable: Performance is generally unacceptable; never meets competency
- Deficient: Rarely meets competency
- Developing: Inconsistently meets competency
- Accomplished: Consistently meets competency
- Exemplary: Consistently exhibits mastery of competency
Developing or above is the acceptable measure for BSW students while Accomplished or above is the acceptable measure for MSW students. Student perceptions of whether or not they have met the social work program goals are measured in an exit survey, as described in other sections.
The School of Social Work competency benchmarks for the BSW program are that 80% of students achieve scores of Developing, Accomplished, or Exemplary (3.0 or above) on the Field Instructor's evaluation of the students'a practicum experience and scores of 75% ('C') or above on classroom assignments linked to each competency.
|Competency||Competency Benchmark||Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark|
|Identify as a Professional Social Worker||3.0||99.7%|
|Apply Ethical Principles||3.0/75%||96.6%|
|Apply Critical Thinking||3.0||95.8%|
|Engage Diversity in Practice||3.0/75%||100%|
|Advance Human Rights/Social and Economic Justice||3.0||100%|
|Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research||3.0/75%||82.4%|
|Apply Human Behavior||3.0/75%||98.2%|
|Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services||3.0||97.6%|
|Respond to Practice Contexts||3.0||97.4%|
The School of Social Work competency benchmarks for the MSW program are that 80% of students achieve scores of Accomplished or Exemplary (4.0 or above) on the Field Instructor's evaluation of the student's last semester of practicum experience.
|Competency||Competency Benchmark||Percentage of Achieving Benchmark|
Individuals, Families & Groups
|Social Work Leadership & Mngmnt
|Identify as a Professional Social Worker||4.0||100%||100%||100%|
|Apply Ethical Principles||4.0||100%||100%||83.3%|
|Apply Critical Thinking||4.0||97.2%||100%||100%|
|Engage in Diversity Practice||4.0||100%||100%||100%|
|Advance Human Rights/Social and Economic Justice||4.0||97.2%||100%||100%|
|Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research||4.0||100%||100%||83.3%|
|Human Behavior Knowledge||4.0||94.4%||100%||100%|
|Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services||4.0||94.4%||100%||100%|
|Respond to Practice Contexts||4.0||94.4%||100%||100%|