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Program Evaluation

The 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.

The Dean's Report is an annual overview of our school‘s strategic and operational objectives and the extent to which we have accomplished our stated school objectives as well as risen to meet emerging challenges and opportunities. The report also provides a look at the objectives for the coming year. It includes reports from our Center for Family and Community Ministries and each of our school initiatives, which include the Gerontology Initiative, the Texas Hunger Initiative, and the Global Mission Initiative. It reports all the Faculty Publications from the previous calendar year.

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 by 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) are available here:

BSW Program
MSW Foundation and Concentration Programs

We are a busy school with multiple committees that work year-round to improve our curriculum, recruit the best students and faculty, hone the research and teaching skills of our faculty, support the development of our students as professionals inside and outside the classroom, tell the story of our school to our constituencies, and do whatever else it takes to support outstanding social work education and faculty research. Each committee or task group prepares a summary report of the academic year‘s work and projects an agenda for the coming year in an Assessment and Improvement Report. Those of general interest include the Curriculum Committee, the Student Development Committee, and the Evaluation and Accreditation Committee.

We hope you will find these reports confirm 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.

Diana Garland, Dean