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School of Social Work

Assessment Data

BSW and MSW Program

The Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work engages in a thorough process of program assessment using multiple sources of data from multiple constituencies to both affirm and improve our overall educational program.  The following tables present assessment data using the 2001 EPAS and includes objectives for both the Baccalaureate (BSW) and Masters (MSW) programs.  A benchmark score of 3.5 marks proficient attainment of the identified objective.  Scores above this value indicate attaining the specific program objective and scores below the benchmark indicate not achieving the program objective.

BSW Program Objectives Assessment Findings

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1 - To develop students’ knowledge of social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities for generalist practice in a variety of settings.

Objective 1 - 4.7 (SD=.47)
Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables affecting development and functioning in assessment, planning and practice.

Objective 2 - 4.8 (SD=.40)
Assess the relationship between people and social institutions based on gathered information, including research findings.

Objective 3 - 4.7 (SD=.46)
Demonstrate competence in the delivery of social services.

Goal 2 - To develop students’ understanding of social problems, related policies, and programs and services.

Objective 1 - 3.7 (SD=.47)
Identify and analyze the impact of social policies on constituent groups.

Objective 2 - 3.8 (SD=.40)
Understand and influence social policies and programs.

Objective 3 - 4.5 (SD=.52)
Develop resources, services, and opportunities for clients.

Goal 3 - To prepare students to be critical consumers of social work research and to participate in the evaluation and development of knowledge for social work practice and programs.

Objective 1 - 4.3 (SD=.64)
Critically review professional literature and research in regards to appropriateness, validity, reliability, applicability and ethical considerations.

Objective 2 - 4.2 (SD=.40)
Apply research findings to practice.

Objective 3 - 4.1 (SD=.70)
Conceptualize, design, and execute a research project that contributes to social work knowledge and practice.

Goal 4 - To prepare students for practice with diverse populations.

Objective 1 - 4.4 (SD=.50)
Identify one’s perspectives on issues of diversity and assess their impact on one’s practice.

Objective 2 - 4.0 (SD=1.1)
Articulate understanding of the ways in which diverse perspectives affect a client.

Objective 3 - 4.3 (SD=.47)
Demonstrate culturally competent generalist practice skills sensitive to diverse and at risk populations.

Goal 5 -To facilitate students’ development of a professional identity that incorporates the values and ethics of the social work profession.

Objective 1 - 4.3 (SD=.47)
Support and apply the principles of the NASW Code of Ethics in practice.

Objective 2 - 4.5 (SD=.52)
Participate in professional activities in the broader social work community.

Goal 6 - To prepare students for careers and/or graduate education in social work.

Objective 1 - 4.5 (SD=.52)
Perform generalist social work activities and function in a practice setting under the guidance of a supervisor.

Objective 2 - 4.3 (SD=.47)
Participate in the broad range of activities of an agency based professional social worker.

Objective 3 - 4.1 (SD=.54)
Demonstrate the professional use of self in practice settings.

Goal 7 - To prepare students for lifelong learning and critical thinking through an educational process combining a liberal arts foundation with professional social work education.

Objective 1 - 4.3 (SD=.65)
To prepare students for lifelong learning and critical thinking through an educational process combining a liberal arts foundation with professional social work education.

Objective 2 - 4.1 (SD=.54)
Apply the liberal arts perspective to practice in social work settings.

Objective 3 - 4.0 (SD=.90)
2 Critically assess students’ professional strengths and weaknesses and identify mechanisms for personal growth.

MSW Program Objectives Assessment Findings

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1 -To prepare students for advanced clinical or mezzo/macro-level practice.  4.2 (SD=.60)

Objective 1 - 4.4 (SD=.73)
Demonstrate the professional use of self (in appropriate contexts).

Objective 2 - 4.1 (SD=.77)
Apply differential assessment in service planning.

Objective 3 - 4.2 (SD=.73)
Critically evaluate one’s own practice activities and those of relevant systems.

Objective 4 - 4.2 (SD=.73)
Identify and apply Students’ own leadership, supervisory and consultation skills as relevant to the context of one’s practice.

Objective 5 - 4.4 (SD=.80)
Work effectively within the structure and function of agencies and other social systems and promote change where appropriate.

Goal 2 -To prepare students to be appropriately licensed master’s level practitioners who are active members in the social work profession, and who are identified with the profession’s goals, values and codes of ethics.  4.3 (SD=.60)

Objective 1 - 4.7 (SD=.67)
Support, promote, and uphold professional standards, values and ethics.

Objective 2 - 3.9 (SD=.98)
Support professional social work organizations and their goals, and actively participate in their activities.

Objective 3 - 4.2 (SD=.64)
Understand the history of the social work profession, its current structure and issues affecting its development.

Goal 3 -To be leaders and advocates in promoting social and economic justice, respecting, diversity, and for meeting human biopsychosocial needs. 4.2 (SD=.70)

Objective 1 - 4.3 (SD=.71)
Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.

Objective 2 - 4.0 (SD=.85)
Apply to practices the strategies and skills of change that advance social and economic justice.

Objective 3 - 4.2 (SD=.89)
Employ intervention practices that are sensitive to diverse and oppressed populations and with all levels of client systems.

Objective 4 - 4.3 (SD=.80)
Differentially utilize communication skills with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and members of the community.

Goal 4 -To appreciate the complexity of human and social behavior and to develop the requisite skills in the critical and ethical analysis of social and behavioral science knowledge, its application to social work practice, and in the delivery of social services. 4.2 (SD=.65)

Objective 1 - 4.3 (SD=.80)
Apply critical thinking skills to social work practice, social policies as well as research and theoretically based knowledge upon which they are based.

Objective 2 - 4.3 (SD=.75)
Utilize theoretical frameworks to understand and assess the interactions among individuals and between individuals and social systems.

Objective 3 - 4.1 (SD=.80)
Analyze the impact of and contribute to the development of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies.

Objective 4 - 3.9 (SD=.82)
Use research knowledge and skills in problem formulation, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of results.

Objective 5 - 4.0 (SD=.80)
Evaluate and apply existing research knowledge and skills in students’ own practice.

Objective 6 - 4.3 (SD=.88)
Apply knowledge of biopsychosocial and spiritual variables that affect individual, family, group and larger social system functioning

Goal 5 -To contribute to advancing and disseminating social work knowledge.  4.1 (SD=.61)

Objective 1 - 4.0 (SD=.73)
Participate in research projects and other endeavors that are designed to develop new knowledge pertaining to human behavior, social policies, and social work practice.

Objective 2 - 4.0 (SD=.76)
Present new knowledge and practice innovations to professional and lay forums

Objective 3 - 4.4 (SD=.72)
Actively pursue and acquire new knowledge relevant to social work practice and impart it to colleagues and relevant others.



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