Department of Social Work: Assessment

Avila BSW Program Assessment Plan and Continuous Improvement

The Avila University Social Work Program has made a commitment to achieving excellence in social work education. The faculty recognize that this value is demonstrated through the use of effective assessment processes. A comprehensive multimodal assessment plan has been developed, is being implemented, and includes activities and procedures for evaluating student attainment of nine competencies, as demonstrated through the achievement of thirty-one associated professional social work behaviors.   The plan guides the measurement of the Program’s ability to advance graduates who have attained the requisite knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive/affective processes of professional practitioners.  The ongoing collection of data and the analysis of this data result in program viability and effectiveness by identifying potential areas for improvement and growth, as well as affirming strengths that can be applied toward continuous improvement.

Identified MeasuresCompetencies AssessedWhen AssessedWhere AssessedHow Assessed
Measure 1:
Achievement Measure of Field Education – Endpoint (AMFE-E)
Competencies
# 1-9 are assessed.
Annually in April at the completion of SW 496 Field Experience II course.In the Field placement agency. Results discussed at the final Field Progress Visit.Each Field Instructor reviews and rates their student’s demonstration of knowledge, values, skills, cognitive/affective processes as they implement and complete 62 learning activities, related to 31 professional behaviors that are aligned with the competencies, using the 1-4 point rating scale to evaluate levels of competence.
Measure 2:
Achievement Measure of Capstone (AMC) Rubric
Competencies
# 1-9 are assessed.
Annually in April at the completion of the Colloquium event.Prior to and at the Senior Social Work Colloquium event on the Avila campus.A professional social worker serves as an external rater and reviews student posters and their presentations about their Capstone Project’s outcomes. The evaluator rates each student’s demonstration of competence levels on the 31 behaviors aligned with the program competencies, using a 4 -point rating scale.

Benchmarks

The assessment plan includes benchmarks for the achievement of each competency and for each outcome measure. The social work faculty establishes the benchmarks. The outcome measure benchmark for measure #1 and measure #2 (AMC – capstone) is set at 3 out of 4 or better as we use a four point Likert scale. This was a determination made by the faculty for consistency in assessment data collection.

The competency benchmark is set at 80% for competencies 1 through 9.

Generalist Assessment Outcomes for the Avila Social Work Program

CompetencyCompetency BenchmarkOutcome Measure Benchmark Measure 1 = AMFE Measure 2 = AMC% of Students Attaining Benchmark N=9% of Students Achieving Competency – Show calculation of aggregate %Competency Attained?
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.        

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100% (B1+B2+B3+B4+B5)÷5 Behavior 1 (K÷CA): 100% Behavior 2: (V) 100% Behavior 3: (S) 100% Behavior 4: (S) 100% Behavior 5: (CA) 100%  

Measure 2: 92% (B1+B2+B3+B4+B55 Behavior 1 (K/CA):88% Behavior 2: (V) 77% Behavior 3: (S) 77% Behavior 4: (S) 88% Behavior 5: (CA) 66%  
  (Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 92%) ÷  2 =   96%YES
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice  80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.    

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100%(B1+B2+B3)÷3 Behavior 1 (K, S): 100% Behavior 2 (S): 100% Behavior 3 (CA÷V): 100%

Measure 2: 70%(B1+B2+B3)÷3 Behavior 1 (K, S): 44% Behavior 2 (S): 77% Behavior 3 (CA÷V): 88%
  (Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 70%) ÷ 2 =   85%YES
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100% Behavior 1 (CA÷K): 100% Behavior 2 (V, S): 100%

Measure 2: 94% Behavior 1 (CA÷K): 100% Behavior 2 (V, S): 88%  
(Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 94%) ÷ 2 =   97%YES
Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informe3d Practice80%  Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100%(B1+B2+B3)÷3 Behavior 1(CA÷S): 100% Behavior 2:(S) 100% Behavior 3 (K÷V): 100%  

Measure 2: 84%(B1+B2+B3)÷3 Behavior 1(CA÷S): 77% Behavior 2:(S) 88% Behavior 3 (K÷V): 88%
(Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 84%) ÷ 2 =   92%YES
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100%(B1+B2+B3)÷3 Behavior 1 (K): 100% Behavior 2 (V÷CA): 100% Behavior 3 (S): 100%

Measure 2: 77%(B1+B2+B3)÷3 Behavior 1 (K): 66% Behavior 2 (V÷CA): 88% Behavior 3 (S): 77%  
(Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   100% + 77%) ÷ 2 =   88.5%YES
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100%(B1+B2)÷2 Behavior 1(K÷S): 100% Behavior 2 (CA/V): 100%

Measure 2: 94%(B1+B2)÷2 Behavior 1(K÷S): 100% Behavior 2 (CA÷V): 88%  
(Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 94%) ÷ 2 =   97%YES
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100%(B1+B2+B3+B4)÷4 Behavior 1 (CA): 100% Behavior 2 (K÷S): 100% Behavior 3 (CA): 100% Behavior 4 (V): 100%

Measure 2: 86%(B1+B2+B3+B4)÷4 Behavior 1 (CA): 88% Behavior 2 (K÷S): 100% Behavior 3 (CA): 55% Behavior 4 (V): 100%  
(Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 86%) ÷ 2 =   93%YES
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 98%(B1+B2+B3+B4+B4+B5)÷5 Behavior 1 (CA÷S): 100% Behavior 2 (K÷S): 100% Behavior 3 (S): 100% Behavior 4 (S÷V): 100% Behavior 5 (S):88%

Measure 2: 88%(B1+B2+B3+B4+B4+B5)÷5 Behavior 1 (CA÷S): 100% Behavior 2 (K÷S): 88% Behavior 3 (S): 77% Behavior 4 (S÷V): 77% Behavior 5 (S): 100%  
(Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 88%) ÷ 2 =   93%YES
Competency 9:
Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
80%Measure 1: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.

Measure 2: Students must score a minimum of 3 out of 4 points.
Measure 1: 100%(B1+B2+B3+B4+B4+B5)÷5 Behavior 1 (S): 100% Behavior 2 (K÷S): 100% Behavior 3 (K÷S): 100% Behavior 4 (CA÷V): 100% Behavior 5 (CA): 100%

Measure 2: 93%(B1+B2+B3+B4+B4+B5)÷5 Behavior 1 (S): 88% Behavior 2 (K÷S): 88% Behavior 3 (K÷S): 100% Behavior 4 (CA÷V): 88% Behavior 5 (CA): 100%  
(Measure 1 + Measure 2) ÷ 2   (100% + 93%) ÷ 2 =   97%YES
AVILA UNIVERSITY BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
AS 4 (B)
COMPETENCYCOMPETENCY BENCHMARK% of Students Achieving Benchmark
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior80%96%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice80%85%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice80%97%
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice80%92%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice80%88.5%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities80%97%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities80%93%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities80%93%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities80%97%
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