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Social Work Student Learning Outcomes


All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their level of proficiency with 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 become proficient in 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 proficiency of that particular competency.

A summary of the program’s assessment plan, which includes updated assessment measures designed with more rigor, as well as a summary of the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency at the desired program level is is provided on form AS 4(B).

A snapshot of these competencies, the target “benchmark” for the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency, and the actual percentage of students demonstrating proficiency is provided below.

Student Learning Outcomes for June 2020

Competency Target Benchmark Percentage Demonstrating Proficiency Percentage of Students Demonstrating Proficiency
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 90% 97%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 90% 92%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 90% 94%
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 85% 82%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 85% 84%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 85% 92%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 85% 85%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 85% 85%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 85% 87%
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