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2014-2015 Program Assessment Summary

2014-2015 Annual Assessment Report

Arkansas State University

Department of Social Work


                This assessment covers the following semesters: Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015.  The explicit curriculum was measured using the Foundation Curriculum Survey, Professional Identification Rubric, the MSW Graduating Students Exit Survey, and the Evaluation of Student Performance in Field.  The implicit curriculum was measured using course evaluations, benchmark/signature assignments, field evaluation, alumni survey, focus groups, employer survey, and licensure pass rates.  Findings from each data source will be briefly summarized.

                This assessment reflects that the social work department is doing an overall good job in preparing students for a career in social work.  The explicit and implicit curriculum suggest that students have an understanding of the foundation and advanced practice behaviors, and that they are uniformly demonstrating aptitude for the vast majority of the competencies set forth by the Council for Social Work Education.  There are areas that can be strengthened.  Specifically, students rated themselves low on advancing human rights and social and economic justice.  This is an important area to ameliorate, since it is the backbone of the social work profession.  The following recommendations are determined from the findings presented in this Annual Report.


  1. The department is exploring strategies to assist students with writing. We are working with the English department and are offering a practical writing class that has been designed and scheduled for social work students and includes APA and professional writing skills. The department is piloting a project to train and place a social work graduate student in the writing lab to provide discipline specific writing support for our students.
  2. Faculty will review, along with the curriculum committee, course content and teaching methods with regards to advancing human rights and social and economic justice to better understand why we obtained weak scores in this area.
  3. Faculty and the curriculum committee will review specific course-level assignments that did not meet benchmarks during the assessment period of 2013-2014.
  4. Fully integrate all 2014-2015 assessment findings from the BSW, MSW, and field programs to ensure continuous quality improvement in these areas.
  5. Complete revision of BSW curriculum to integrate CSWE/EPAS competencies in preparation for reauthorization of that program in 2/ 2018.
  6. Develop a comprehensive strategy to prepare graduates for the licensure examination and increase pass rates.