College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Assessment Plan

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We currently measure ten student learning outcomes (SLOs) and many practice behaviors using two different measures for each. The first measure we use is embedded assignments in classes. The second measure is an evaluation completed by all students and field instructors in the student’s field placement. The field measure is completed by students and field instructors at the end of each semester. BSW students complete a minimum of 480 hours of internship per year.  This gives both the students and the field instructors a good deal of time to develop an accurate assessment of students’ knowledge, attitudes and skills.  

We assess the percentage of students who met our benchmarks for each measure. We use the following 5 point scale:  

1. Unacceptable:  Student shows little evidence of understanding the concept and/or demonstration of skill development. 

2. Beginning Skill Development:  Student shows some understanding of the concept and is beginning to recognize in hindsight how it might have been applied in practice situations.

3. Progressing in Demonstration:  Student understands the concept and demonstrates the skill but performance is inconsistent.  Needs time and practice to be more consistent.

4. Consistent Demonstration of High Level of Skill Development:  Understands the concept and demonstrates the skill with consistency.

5. Exceptional Demonstration of Skill Development.  The skill is an integrated part of the student’s stance and  style.  Student exhibits independence, creativity and flexibility in use of the skills.   

We set the benchmark for the BSW students at 70% of students achieving at least a “4” assuming that by the time they graduate they should be at least consistent in their demonstration of skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Once a year we review the outcome data as a faculty and discuss needed program changes and areas where more information would help us better understand the data. We then implement changes and gather additional data. One way we gather additional data is through a graduating student survey and/or graduating student focus groups.