Social Work Accreditation

The Union College Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Years (2019 - 2020, 2020 - 2021)

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs that indicates the minimum score that students are expected to achieve on each benchmark. A competency benchmark is set by the social work programs for the number of students expected to reach of exceed each competency’s minimum score.
Updated: September 2021

Competency

Competency Benchmark

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

Aggregate of students from all program options (one option only) n=(15)

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

80%

90%

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 

80%

95%

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 

80%

89%

Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

70%

68%

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

80%

90%

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

80%

93%

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

80%

83%

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

80%

91%

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

80%

87%

Competency 10: Integrate Spirituality in Practice

80%

90%

Program Assessment Plan: Generalist Practice

Assessment Measure #1: Practicum Final Evaluation

Dimension(s) assessed

Competencies 1 - 9

When/where students are assessed

Final evaluation, practicum site

Who assessed student competence

Field Director, Practicum site

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competencies 1, 2, 6

80%

Competencies 3, 4, 9, 10

70%

Competencies 5, 7 & 8

75%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

90%

Assessment Measure #2: Practicum Field Journal

Dimension(s) assessed

Competencies 1 - 2

When/where students are assessed

Assignment in Practicum class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competencies 1 - 2

80%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #3: Practice II Support Group

Dimension(s) assessed

Competency 10

When/where students are assessed

Essay Assignment in class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competency 10

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #4: Practicum II Family Group

Dimension(s) assessed

Competency 9

When/where students are assessed

Essay Assignment in Class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competency 9

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #5: Practicum Case Presentation

Dimension(s) assessed

Competencies 2, 3, and 6

When/where students are assessed

Essay Assignment in Class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competencies 2 & 6

80%

Competency 3

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #6: Organizational Narrative

Dimension(s) assessed

Competencies 4, 7, 8 & 9

When/where students are assessed

Essay Assignment in Practicum class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competencies 7, & 8

75%

Competencies 4 & 9

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80% (70% for Competency 4)

Assessment Measure #7: Practicum Class: Intervention

Dimension(s) assessed

Competencies 4, 7, 8 & 9

When/where students are assessed

Assignment in Practicum class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competencies 7, & 8

75%

Competencies 4 & 9

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80% (70% for Competency 4)

Assessment Measure #8: Spirituality Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed

Competency 10

When/where students are assessed

Practicum class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competency 10

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #9: Dyadic Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed

Competencies 1, 7, & 10

When/where students are assessed

Essay assignment in Practice I class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competency 1

80%

Competency 7

75%

Competency 10

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #10: Ethics Paper

Dimension(s) assessed

Competency 1

When/where students are assessed

Essay assignment in Practice II class

Who assessed student competence

Field Director

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competency 1

80%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #11: Social and Economic Justice Action Project

Dimension(s) assessed

Competency 3

When/where students are assessed

Project in Social & Economic Justice class

Who assessed student competence

Instructor for the class

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competency 3

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

80%

Assessment Measure #12: Senior Research Project

Dimension(s) assessed

Competency 4

When/where students are assessed

Senior year, Research Seminar

Who assessed student competence

Research professor/project supervisor

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Competency 4

75%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9

70%