Program Evaluation

The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work (SSW) teaches our students to assess their own work and the programs they lead in order to be in a constant state of self-improvement--and we turn that valuing of assessment on ourselves. Each year we conduct a thorough assessment of our programs, initiatives, and the various activities of the School.

We assess the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degree programs by carefully evaluating how successful we have been in developing the competency of our students, using those competencies stated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and as well as an additional competency in the ethical integration of faith with professional practice. We continuously refine classroom and internship experiences so that our graduates are ready to provide competent service and visionary leadership wherever they go in established or cutting-edge fields of social work practice.

We assess the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degree programs by carefully evaluating how successful we have been in developing the competency of our students, using those competencies stated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and as well as an additional competency in the ethical integration of faith with professional practice. We report students’ performance competency each year in the BSW and MSW Assessment and Improvement Reports, which we use to continuously refine classroom and internship experiences so that our graduates are ready to provide competent service and visionary leadership wherever they go in established or cutting-edge fields of social work practice.

The Assessment of Learning Outcome reports (with average scores for each Competency) present mean scores of the competencies as measured in classroom courses (such as Practice with Individuals and Families or Human Behavior and the Social Environment I), in field seminar courses (reflecting our students’ senior year internship), and a senior Capstone course. The students are evaluated by their faculty on a range of measures from these courses on five point rubrics on practice behaviors that they are expected to demonstrate throughout the curriculum. The scores on these practice behaviors are aggregated under the eleven competencies. These scores are available here.

In addition, we set a measurement benchmark for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. Our benchmark is that we expect 90% of our students to demonstrate basic competency for each measure. Competency reports for our MSW students are available here. BSW competency reports are available here.

We hope you will find this confirms that this school takes the responsibility of preparing social workers for service and leadership around the world very seriously and works diligently to provide the most challenging and effective educational experiences possible.

Jon Singletary
Dean