2012-2013 Program Highlights and Outcomes
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
2011-2012 Program Highlights and Outcomes
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.