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BSW Learning Outcomes Assessment

The Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for schools of social work, requires that all accredited programs make assessment findings related to the core competencies available to the public on an annual basis.

According to the Council on Social Work Education the core competencies “are measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills” (CSWE, 2008, p.3). In the BSW program at UGA, students are assessed on their attainment of the core competencies via the use of two measures: The Student Self-Rating Scale for Evaluation of Learning and The Field Supervisor Evaluation Survey. A measurement benchmark has been set by the BSW program to mark adequate attainment of each competency; assessment scores at or above that benchmark is considered to represent mastery of each particular competency.

The benchmark for the BSW program is that at least 75% of our students would attain a 3.0 or higher (on a 5-point scale), on both the student self-rating and field instructor evaluation scales. The table in the Assessment of BSW Student Learning Outcomes for 2013-2014 denotes each competency and its associated practice behaviors as well as the percentage of students achieving each benchmark.

Summary: The data indicate that, for each of the core competencies and associated practice behaviors, the University of Georgia School of Social Work BSW Program met or exceeded the benchmark of student mastery 100% of the time.