The Social Work Program prepares students for entry-level practice in the profession of social work. As an accredited professional degree program, there is an obligation to evaluate student preparation for practice. Therefore, the program is constantly engaged in assessment of its outcomes. Students, faculty, field instructors, members of the program’s Advisory Board, community practitioners, graduates of the program and employers all play a role in this process.
A number of different quantitative and qualitative tools for assessing student performance and program outcomes are used. These include a student evaluation of the field practicum, an evaluation of the student’s performance in the field practicum, the program’s capstone portfolio, and a student exit survey. It also includes a survey of alumni/ae and a survey of employers. The student portfolio is a qualitative tool for assessment of student learning. At various intervals in the program, the student is asked to gather and choose samples of his/her work in order to document his/her learning.
The portfolios give the student the opportunity to reflect on his/her learning and to share these insights with the faculty. In turn, the faculty gains insight into what students are learning and how they learn best. It also helps the faculty assess the degree to which the program is meeting its objectives and to identify areas of strength and weakness.
Every student in the major completes a portfolio statement for each of the ten Social Work (SW) foundation courses listed in II. – Requirements, Section A. number 1. These statements are kept on file in the department and returned to the student in the Social Work Seminar to help with completion of the final student self-assessment of learning, the capstone portfolio.