Student Learning Assessment
 

Master of Social Work Program Assessment Results

Academic Year 2012-2013

The University of Kentucky Master of Social Work (MSW) 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 include the knowledge, values, and skills required in social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional education and preparation.

 

Assessment of student performance is ongoing and occurs annually. Social work programs set their measurement benchmark for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. The UK MSW offers a program for advanced standing students (applicants with an accredited undergraduate social work degree who meet admission guidelines) and regular cohort students. The graduate program has two concentrations which have recently been revised based on previous faculty review and program assessment which are the (1) Clinical Social Work concentration and the (2) Community and Social Development concentration.  The data presented assess the first graduates of the new concentrations who earned their degrees in May 2013.

 

In this reporting period, the UK MSW program utilized two measures to assess student performance. The field practicum measure utilizes a Likert rating scale and the field instructor provides a rating regarding the CSWE competencies for each student. This coming year (2013-1014) a student self-report measure will also be reported that assesses students’ perceptions of their level of proficiency for each competency as demonstrated in field.  The second measure is a Comprehensive Exam in which students’ must score 70% for the foundation section and 70% for their chosen concentration section in order to pass. The exam consists of 170 questions of which 150 are graded-- the remaining questions are experimental and evaluated for their psychometric performance.  Seventy-five questions correspond with the foundation and 75 with the concentration in order to parallel the licensure examination.

 

The competency benchmark of 70% or higher is based on the aggregate of items on the exam that represent each of the CSWE Competencies. Results are presented in the aggregate in the tables below.

 

Measure: Practicum Field Instructor Assessment of Student Performance

Scale: 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

 

 

Community and Social Development Concentration

Clinical Social Work Concentration

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Apply ethical principles

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

 

100%

100%

 

Measure: Comprehensive Exam

Benchmark: Students must earn a score of 70% or higher on the exam (consistent with social work licensure passing threshold) with a minimum of 70% of the students taking the exam scoring at or above this percentage.

Competency

Program Benchmark

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

 

 

Community and Social Development Concentration

Clinical Social Work Concentration

Identify as a professional social worker

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

100%

Apply ethical principles

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

100%

Apply critical thinking

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

81%

Engage diversity in practice

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

92%

86%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

75%

95%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

92%

71%

Respond to contexts

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

92%

95%

Practice: Engagement

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

81%

Practice: Assessment

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

100%

Practice: Intervention

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

100%

Practice: Evaluation

Students earn ≥ 70%

 

100%

76%

 

Student learning performance data are collected annually. Results are analyzed and reviewed by the faculty in various forums the following year. Assessment findings and their implications are used to affirm the effectiveness of current curriculum and educational practices or to inform implicit and explicit curriculum change as indicated by results.


Master of Social Work Program Assessment Results

Academic Year 2011-2012

The University of Kentucky Master of Social Work (MSW) 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 include the knowledge, values, and skills required in social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional education and preparation.

Assessment of student performance is ongoing and occurs annually. Social work programs set their measurement benchmark for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. The UK MSW offers a program for advanced standing students (applicants with an accredited undergraduate social work degree who meet admission guidelines) and regular cohort students. The graduate program has two concentrations which have recently been revised based on previous faculty review and program assessment which are currently the (1) Clinical Social Work concentration and the (2) Community and Social Development concentration.  Assessment data presented in this report reflect the previous MSW concentrations: (1) Mental Health and (2) Community and Family. The first graduates of the new concentrations will earn their degrees in May 2013.

The UK MSW utilizes three measures to assess student performance. The two field practicum measures utilize the same Likert rating scale.  The third measure is a Comprehensive Exam which uses a different competency benchmark.  Results are presented in the aggregate in the tables below.

Measure: Practicum Field Instructor Assessment of Student Performance

Scale: 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

 

 

Community and Social Development Concentration

Mental Health Concentration

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Apply ethical principles

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

 

Measure: Practicum Student- Self Assessment of Performance

Scale: 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

 

 

Community and Social Development Concentration

Mental Health Concentration

Identify as a professional social worker

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Apply ethical principles

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Apply critical thinking

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Engage diversity in practice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Respond to contexts

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Engagement

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Assessment

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Intervention

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Practice: Evaluation

Achievement of ≥ 3

100%

 

100%

Measure: Comprehensive Exam

Benchmark: Students must earn a score of 70% or higher on the exam (consistent with social work licensure passing threshold) with a minimum of 70% of the students taking the exam scoring at or above this percentage.

Competency

Program Benchmark

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

 

 

Community and Social Development Concentration

Mental Health Concentration

Identify as a professional social worker

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

97%

Apply ethical principles

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Apply critical thinking

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

97%

Engage diversity in practice

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Advance human rights, social/

economic justice

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Engage in research-informed practice/

practice-informed research

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Apply human behavior knowledge

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Engage in policy practice to advance

human well-being and deliver services

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Respond to contexts

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Practice: Engagement

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Practice: Assessment

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Practice: Intervention

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Practice: Evaluation

Students earn ≥ 70%

100%

 

100%

Student learning performance data are collected annually. Results are analyzed and reviewed by the faculty in various forums the following year. Assessment findings and their implications are used to affirm the effectiveness of current curriculum and educational practices or to inform implicit and explicit curriculum change as indicated by results.