MSW Program Assessment

Based on the results from our Assessment of Student Learning (2012) Rhode Island College MSW students:

  • Identify as professional social workers
  • Apply ethical principles to social work practice
  • Think critically about their assessments and interventions
  • Advance human rights, social and economic justice
  • Engage in research informed practice.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Last completed: July 2014

This form is used to assist the Commission On Accreditation in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:

  • 4.0.2 The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.
  • 4.0.4 The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS 4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) these postings.

All Council on Social Work Education 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. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. At our school, the benchmark for field evaluation is set at “performance is at a typical level” (level 3) and self-confidence at 80% on the student self-efficacy tool.

Competency Competency Benchmark Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Foundation Year Self-efficacy N=41 Field evaluations N=49 Clinical Concentration Self-efficacy N=43 Field evaluations N=58 Macro Concentration Self-efficacy N=4 Field evaluations N=5
Identify as a Professional Social Worker
Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
99% 100% 95%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 90% 83% 100%
Apply Ethical Principles Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 99% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 90% N/A 75%
Apply Critical Thinking Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% N/A 100%

Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability

100% 81% 100%
Engage Diversity in Practice Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 100% 100%

Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability

N/A 77% 88%
Advance Human Rights/Social and Economic Justice

Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)

100% 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 88% 80% 88%
Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% N/A N/A
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 87% 82% N/A
Faculty assessed students on the competency using a 5 point scale N/A 100% 100%
Apply Human Behavior Knowledge Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 98% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 92% 83% 100%
Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 82.5% N/A N/A
Respond to Practice Contexts Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 87% 86% 88%
Practice Engagement Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 93% N/A 75%
Practice Assessment Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 98% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 94% 80% 75%
Practice Intervention Field evaluation: Score of 3 out of 5
3 (performance is at a typical level)
100% 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability 90% 86% 88%
Practice Evaluation Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 98% 98% 100%
Self efficacy: Score of 80% confidence in my ability N/A 86% 88%

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