Congratulations Tiffany Felty!
Tiffany Felty (BSW Class of 2006) was named the Department of Social Work’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The award was presented on Saturday, October 12 during a ceremony at the Reynolds Center on the ASU campus. Felty has been a therapist at Families Inc. since 2007, following the completion of her MSW degree at the University of Arkansas. She also is an active board member of the Mission Outreach Homeless Shelter. In addition, she has served as field instructor for social work interns at Families Inc. and she has served as an adjunct faculty field liaison since 2010, teaching a field seminar each semester. She has also participated on several Social Work Department committees, demonstrating her commitment to social work education as well as the broader profession.
Why Social Work at ASU
Social work is a career in which you can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives!
ASU offers degrees in social work at both the Bachelor and Master levels, which are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Although there is a wide range of fields and types of jobs, there are two main types of social workers. Direct-service social workers, who must have a BSW, help solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers, who must have a MSW, diagnose and treat more serious mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Social workers work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, and private practices.
The BSW degree is a professional degree that prepares students for generalist social work practice and which enables graduates to be licensed by the state. Having a BSW degree may reduce the amount of time and expense required for a Master’s degree. BSWs are eligible for an accelerated MSW program, making it possible to finish a graduate degree in one year instead of two.
ASU’s graduate degree in social work emphasizes trauma infused cognitive behavioral therapy, because research has shown that many life difficulties stem from early trauma, abuse or neglect. Students can also complete a certificate in Addictions Studies while completing their MSW. Full and part-time plans of study are offered.
The BSW program has been accredited continuously since 1978. The BSW program received its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education in June 2010 and is currently accredited until June 2018. The MSW program was granted initial accreditation by CSWE in October 2011. This accreditation includes the academic years 2008-2009 to October 2015.
Department of Social Work
Executive Summary Highlights
- Student evaluation of MSW course, composite mean of 4.21 (on a 5-point scale) in 2012-13, compared to 4.14 in 2011-12, indicates a positive trend in student perception of these courses
- The composite mean for student evaluation of BSW course in 2012-13 is 4.31, indicating that the undergraduate courses are generally well received by students.
- The MSW program is transitioning to a competency-based curriculum. The faculty has worked to revise course syllabi, integrate 2008 EPAS competencies and develop appropriate benchmarked assignments to assess student learning outcomes.
- The BSW Program piloted the use of an exit survey to assess graduating students’ self-reported gains in the key areas of the curriculum. Respondents reported gains in all of the curricular areas, with a composite mean score of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale of 21 measures of practice skills. Focus groups were also held for additional feedback and to identify strategies for further strengthening this program.
- Both BSW and MSW students consistently scored an average of 4.0 to 4.5 on a 5 point scale on the evaluation of their performance in field by their field supervisors.
- An internet based field evaluation program, E-Field, was implemented in Fall 2013 to improve students’ and supervisors’ ability to evaluate competencies and practice behaviors objectively.
- 91% of the respondents to the 2012 MSW Alumni Survey indicated that they have been employed since completing their degrees: 68% are currently employed in mental health agencies; the remaining are employed in child welfare, corrections, and medical social work.
- 82% of the respondents to the 2012 MSW Alumni Survey indicated they had passed the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board examination.
- The 2013-14 assessment plan for the MSW program was revised and successfully integrated into the ASU assessment system for benchmarking and mapping.
The executive summary of the program’s 2012-2013 assessment data can be found here.
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Loretta Brewer, PhD, LMSW
Professor and MSW Program Director
Department of Social Work
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro
Graduates of ASU’s MSW program report that
• 100% have been employed since completing their degree
• 94% report a gross salary over $40,000 a year
• 76% believed that the MSW Program provided excellent preparation for their first social work position
• 85% of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with the job performance of ASU grads
• 94% have passed the state licensing exam on their first or second attempt
The executive summary of the program’s 2011-2012 assessment data can be found here.