Student Learning Assessment
 

 

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program Assessment Results

Academic Year 2013-2014

The University of Kentucky Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The CSWE requires that accredited social work 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. Each competency has been defined with specific practice behaviors (or outcomes) that articulate the knowledge, values, and skills required in social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional education and preparation. The UK BASW program employs all of these competencies and practice behaviors in its program.

 

Assessment of student performance is ongoing and occurs annually. Social work programs are expected to set their own measurement benchmarks that set the minimum threshold that indicates mastering of each competency. The UK College of Social Work program utilizes five measures to assess student performance according to the program benchmarks. All measures employed in the BASW program utilize the same Likert rating scale and measurement benchmark. Benchmarks and results are presented in the aggregate in the tables below.

 

Measure: Final Practicum Field Instructor Assessment of Student Performance

Benchmark: Likert rating scale using 1 to 5:  An evaluation of 3 is defined as student consistently meets basic requirements of practice behavior (consistently demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, values, or skills necessary to perform the practice behavior at a basic, beginning, or foundational level)

 

Competency

Program Benchmark

Percentage of Students

Achieving Benchmark

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

Achievement of ≥ 3

 97%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

 96%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

 97%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

 97%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

 91%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

96%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

 95%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

                    100%

 

Measure: Final Practicum Field Student Self- Assessment

Benchmark: Likert rating scale using 1 to 5:  An evaluation of 3 is defined as student consistently meets basic requirements of practice behavior (consistently demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, values, or skills necessary to perform the practice behavior at a basic, beginning, or foundational level)

 

Competency

Program Benchmark

Percentage of Students

Achieving Benchmark

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

 97%

Apply ethical principles

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

                    100%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

Measure: Senior Seminar Overall Performance Assessment (Instructor)

Benchmark: Likert rating scale using 1 to 5:  An evaluation of 3 is defined as student consistently meets basic requirements of practice behavior (consistently demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, values, or skills necessary to perform the practice behavior at a basic, beginning, or foundational level)

 

Competency

Program Benchmark

Percentage of Students

Achieving Benchmark

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

91%

Apply ethical principles

Achievement of ≥ 3

91%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

95%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

91%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

95%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

91%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

86%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

86%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

77%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

91%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

91%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

95%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

95%

 

Measure: Senior Seminar Overall Performance Assessment (Student self-assessment)

 

Benchmark: Likert rating scale using 1 to 5:  An evaluation of 3 is defined as student consistently meets basic requirements of practice behavior (consistently demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, values, or skills necessary to perform the practice behavior at a basic, beginning, or foundational level)

 

Competency

Program Benchmark

Percentage of Students

Achieving Benchmark

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Apply ethical principles

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

                    100%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

 93%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

79%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

 91%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

 91%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

 95%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

 95%

 

Measure: Readiness for Practice Assessment Scale (Student Self-assessment)

Benchmark: Likert rating scale using 1 to 5:  An evaluation of 3 is defined as student consistently meets basic requirements of practice behavior (consistently demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, values, or skills necessary to perform the practice behavior at a basic, beginning, or foundational level)

 

Competency

Program Benchmark

Percentage of Students

Achieving Benchmark

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Apply ethical principles

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

                    100%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

93%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

93%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

 93%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

                    100%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

Annual assessment data are analyzed and results reviewed by the faculty in various forums at the end of the academic reporting year. Assessment findings and their implications are used to either affirm the effectiveness of current curriculum and educational practices or to inform implicit and explicit curriculum change as indicated by results.