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 in May 2013

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.

Competency Competency Benchmark Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Foundation Year N=54 Clinical Concentration N=65 Macro Concentration
Identify as a Professional Social Worker Course assignment grades benchmark at 3.0 (grade of B) 85% 100% There were too few students in this concentration to run an analysis
Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 88%
Apply Ethical Principles Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%  
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 83%  
Apply Critical Thinking Course assignment grades benchmark at 3.0 (grade of B) 86% 96%  
Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100%  
Engage Diversity in Practice Course assignment grades benchmark at 3.0 (grade of B)   100%  
Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%
Advance Human Rights/Social and Economic Justice Course assignment grades benchmark at 3.0 (grade of B)   94%  
Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 89%
Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research Faculty assessed students on the competency using a 5 point scale   100%  
Course assignemtn grades benchmark at 3.0 (grade of B) 86%  
Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100%  
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 88%
Apply Human Behavior Knowledge Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%  
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 82%  
Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%  
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 75%  
Respond to Practice Contexts Course assignment grades benchmark at 3.0 (grade of B)   100%  
Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100%  
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 82%
Practice Engagement Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%  
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 89%  
Practice Assessment Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%  
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 87%  
Practice Intervention Course assignment grades benchmark at 3.0 (grade of B)   96%  
Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%
Self efficacy: Respondent's confidence in their skills (100% is full confidence). Benchmark at 80% 82%
Practice Evaluation Field evaluation: Level 3 (student's performance is at a typical level) 100% 100%  

Page last updated: August 6, 2013