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BASW - Learning Outcomes

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes In an effort to support our accreditation through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the School of Social Work is committed to evaluating, reporting and publishing of the competencies of both of their BASW and MSW Programs. Results of their most recent assessments have been made available below. 

 ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK (BASW) PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED JUNE 2017 This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program's compliance with Accreditation Standards stated below. 4.0.2 The program provides evidence of ongoing data collection and analysis and discusses how it uses assessment data to affirm and/or make changes in the explicit and implicit curriculum to enhance student performance. 4.0.5 The program appends the summary data for each measure used to assess the attainment of each competency for at least one academic year prior to the submission of the self-study. All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies which comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.   Competency Benchmark: Score of 3 or higher out of 5 indicating competent from: (a) A student self-report survey taken prior to graduation in June, 2017; (b) Students' final performance assessment from their field instructors, completed in June, 2017.

Practice Behavior Source
Survey Field Avg
Sample Size 19 55  
Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly 100% 95.5% 97.7%
Advocate for client access to the services of social work 100% 100%  
Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development 100% 98.2%  
Attend to professional roles and boundaries 100% 96.4%  
Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication 100% 96.4%  
Engage in career-long learning 100% 98.2%  
Use supervision and consultation 100% 83.6%  
Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice 100% 83.2% 92.0%
Resolve ethical dilemmas using the Code of Ethics 100% 81.8%  
Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts 100% 80.0%  
Apply a strategy of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions 100% 83.6%  
Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide my practice 100% 87.3%  
Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments 100% 89.1% 92.4%


Evaluate and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research knowledge, and practice wisdom 100% 80%  
Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation 90% 98.2%  
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups and colleagues 90% 89.1%  
Engage diversity and difference in practice 100% 86.8% 93.4%
Recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power   100%   87.3%  
Gain sufficient self-awareness to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups 100% 89.1%  
Recognize and communicate your understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences 100% 90.9%  
View yourself as a learner and engage those with whom you work as informants 100% 80%  
Advance human rights and social and economic justice 100% 45.5% 72.7%
Understand the forms and mechanism of oppression and discrimination 100% 67.3%  
Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice 100% 23.6%  
Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice * 100% 30%  
Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research 100% 50% 75%
Use practice experience and context to inform scientific inquiry 100% 36.4%  
Use research evidence to inform practice 100% 63.6%  
Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment 100% 70% 85%
Utilize theoretical or conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation 100% 63.6%  
Critique and apply knowledge to understand persons in their environment 100% 76.4%  
Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services 86.8% 51.8% 69.3%
Analyze and formulate policies that advance social well-being 84.2% 61.8%  
Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action/advocacy 89.5% 41.8%  
Respond to contexts that shape practice 100% 69.1% 84.5%
Continuously identify and assess micro, mezzo and macro systemic information to provide relevant services 100% 60%  
Be an agent of change in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services   100%   78.2  
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities 100% 70% 80%


Engagement 100% 84.8% 91.5%
Substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities 100% 56.4%  
Use empathy and other interpersonal skills 100% 100%  
Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes 100% 98.2%  
Assessment 100% 76.4% 88%
Collect, organize, and interpret client data 100% 74.5%  
Assess client strengths and limitations 100% 78.2%  
Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives 90% 80%  
Select appropriate intervention strategies 90% 72.7%  
Intervention 100% 60.9% 78.5%
Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals 90% 65.5%  
Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities 90% 69.1%  
Help clients resolve problems ** 90% 60%  
Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients 100% 65.5%  
Facilitate transitions and endings 90% 43.6%  
Evaluation 100% 56.4% 78.2%
Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions 100% 56.4%  

    *This item was joined with the preceding item in students' practicum learning evaluation, from which the field data are derived. **This item was not rated independently in students' practicum learning evaluation because of overlap with the preceding item.

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