Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

 

Council on Social Work Education - Form AS 4(M)

Auburn University Master of Social Work Program

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

 

Form AS 4(M)  is 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 Commission on Accreditation 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 (CSWE) 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 and 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 Auburn University’s MSW 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. The AU MSW assessment model described here focuses on the explicit curriculum using quantitative measurement of student competency. 

The following describes the AU MSW assessment plan for the generalist practice curricula. The faculty developed and implemented a plan for assessing student competencies in two distinct ways:

  1. Real or simulated practice evaluation: Though measurable behaviors, during the generalist field experience.
  2. Student performance measures: Through purposeful measurement in achievement of identified questions on the Comprehensive Exam.

The assessment plan for the generalist practice curricula involves three sets of stakeholders: the field instructors, the faculty, and the students. Although the students are considered stakeholders, their involvement in the assessment is through measurement by faculty and field instructors/liaisons of student knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive/affective processes, not based on self-assessment. 

 

MSW Assessment Plan: Generalist Practice

Assessment Measure #1 (Generalist Year Comprehensive Exam)

Dimension(s) assessed:

knowledge, values, skills

When/where students are assessed:

Spring of generalist year

Who assessed student competence:

MSW Program Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

70%

Assessment Measure #2 (Final Generalist Field Evaluation)

Dimension(s) assessed:

knowledge, values, skills, cognitive process

When/where students are assessed:

Spring of generalist year

Who assessed student competence:

MSW Field Director/Field instructors

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

 3 out of 5

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

70%

 

 

Summary of the Auburn University’s MSW Assessment Plan: Specialized Practice (Clinical)

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.  The AU MSW assessment model described here focuses on the explicit curriculum using quantitative measurement of student competency. 

The following describes the AU MSW assessment plan for the generalist practice curricula. The faculty developed and implemented a plan for assessing student competencies in two distinct ways:

  1. Real or simulated practice evaluation- Though measurable behaviors, during the specialized practice field experience.
  2. Student performance measures - Through purposeful measurement in achievement of and successful completion of the course embedded, final Capstone Project (specialized year). This project is delivered in SOWO 7950 Integrative Seminar.

The assessment plan for the specialized practice curricula involves three sets of stakeholders; the field instructors, the faculty, and the students. Although the students are considered stakeholders, their involvement in the assessment is through measurement by faculty and field instructors/liaisons of student knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive/affective processes, not based on self-assessment. 

 

MSW Assessment Plan: Specialized Practice

Area of Specialized Practice #1: (Clinical)

Assessment Measure #1: (Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project)

Dimension(s) assessed: assessed:

knowledge, values, skills, cognitive process

When/where students are assessed:

Spring of Specialized year

Who assessed student competence:

MSW Program Director/ MSW Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

70%

Assessment Measure #2: (Final Advanced Field Evaluation)

Dimension(s) assessed:

knowledge, values, skills, cognitive process

When/where students are assessed:

Spring of Specialized Year

Who assessed student competence:

MSW Field Director/ Field Instructors

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

3 out of 5

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

70%

 

 

OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Program Option: (Auburn University/face to face: Aggregate Findings) 
 Assessment data collected during academic year 2019-2020

 

COMPETENCY 

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK (%) (GENERALIST) 

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

 

(CLINICAL) 

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK 

 

     

Generalist Practice

 

n = (13 students)

Area of Specialized Practice #1 (CLINCIAL)

 

n = (16 students)

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation = 93%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=94%

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =93%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=93%

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =92%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=94%

Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =87%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=86%

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =88%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=89%

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =89%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=90%

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =89%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=88%

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =98%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=86%

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Comprehensive Exam and (2) Generalist Field Evaluation

70% of students will demonstrate competence inclusive of two measures: (1) Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project and (2) Advanced Field Evaluation

Comprehensive Exam + Generalist Field Evaluation =92%

Capstone Agency-Based Macro Project + Advanced Field Evaluation

=89%

 

Last Updated: October 07, 2020