Baylor Social Work Students Get 100 Percent Passing Rate

Feb. 14, 1997

WACO, Texas -- In a recent social work state licensing test, 100 percent of students taking the test from the Baylor University Division of Social Work passed the exam.

Thirty-four Baylor students took the test. The state passing rate was approximately 82 percent.

Baylor students made an average score of 82.74, while the state average score on the test was 76.88. The test used in Texas is a national exam administered by the American Association of State Social Work Boards. National results are not available.

The Baylor Social Work program has consistently scored high on the state exam. According to Social Work Division records, Baylor social work students have scored a higher passing percentage and higher average score than the state average every year since 1988. Baylor social work majors also recorded 100 percent passing in 1988, 1989 and 1991. The Baylor Social Work program has scored more than 93 percent passing nine out of the last ten years. The state average has been 86 percent at best over the last ten years.

One reason for the success of the program is its internship program, said Dr. Preston Dyer, professor and director of the Division of Social Work.

"It is a very high quality internship program in which students do two full work days per week for two semesters in a social agency," Dyer said. "Students participate in hands-on learning along with a strong academic curriculum."

Students also must complete 120 hours of community service while in the program. Dyer said Baylor may be one of the only schools that require passing of the state licensing exam as part of the student's degree requirements.

For more information contact Dyer at 755-1165.

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