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EWU Part Time MSW - Learning Outcomes


This form is used to assist the Commission On Accreditation (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. 

Both measures were conducted on students at the end of their advanced year, which the cohort just completed.  

Table 1: Advanced Student Learning Outcomes and Percent at or Above Benchmarks - Eastern Washington Part-Time Program

Practice Behavior Assessment Method Avg
Survey Field*
Sample Size 9 40   
Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly 100 77.5 88.8
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Advocate for client access to the services of social work 100    
Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development 100    
Attend to professional roles and boundaries 100 65  
Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior,  appearance, and communication 100    
Engage in career-long learning 100    
Use supervision and consultation 100 90  
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and criticism from multiple sources 100   100
Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice 100 90 95
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Resolve ethical dilemmas using the Code of Ethics 100 100  
Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts 100 70  
Apply a strategy of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions 100  
Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide my practice**      
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Employ a critical analysis of various options, including power differentials to guide and inform ethical practice 100 100 100
Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments 100 82.5 91.3
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Evaluate and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research knowledge, and practice wisdom 100 82.5  
Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation 100    
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups and colleagues 100     
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Distinguish, appraise, and integrate evidence-based knowledge into Advanced Generalist Practice 100   100
Engage diversity and difference in practice 100 61.3 80.6
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power 100 72.5  
Gain sufficient self-awareness to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups 100 50  
Recognize and communicate your understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences 100    
View yourself as a learner and engage those with whom you work as informants 100    
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Use diversity to inform evidence-based practice 100   100
Advance human rights and social and economic justice 100 93.8 96.9
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Understand the forms and mechanism of oppression and discrimination 100 100  
Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice 100  
Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice 100     
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Use knowledge of the effects of oppression, discrimination, and historical trauma to guide practice 100 87.5 93.8
Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research 100 68.6 84.3
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Use practice experience and context to inform scientific inquiry 100  
Use research evidence to inform practice 100 95  
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Use evaluation methods to measure client and/or program outcomes to inform practice 100 42.1 71.1
Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment 100 80.4 90.2
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Utilize theoretical or conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation 100 65.8  
Critique and apply knowledge to understand persons in their environment 100 95  
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Apply knowledge of strengths, risk factors, vulnerabilities, and resiliencies of clients and/or larger systems to advanced generalist practice 100   100
Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services 100 83.8 91.9
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Analyze and formulate policies that advance social well-being 100 72.5  
Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action/advocacy 100 95  
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Use evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence to promote policies that advance social and economic well-being 100   100
Respond to contexts that shape practice 100 52 76
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Continuously identify and assess micro, mezzo and macro systemic information to provide relevant services 100 57.9  
Be an agent of change in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services 100  
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Demonstrate effective leadership, informed by context and setting, to empower individuals, organizations, and communities 100 46.2 73.1
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities         
Engagement 100 95 97.5
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities 100    
Use empathy and other interpersonal skills 100 95  
Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes 100  
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Demonstrate an applied understanding of interpersonal, relational, and systemic factors when engaging individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities 100   100
Assessment 100 66.7 83.3
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Collect, organize, and interpret client data 100 66.7  
Assess client strengths and limitations 100    
Develop mutually agree-on intervention goals and objectives 100    
Select appropriate intervention strategies 100    
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Critically choose and apply relevant assessment methods 100   100
Intervention 100 74.4 87.2
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals 100    
Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities 100    
Help clients resolve problems 100    
Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients 100    
Facilitate transitions and endings 100    
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Implement collaborative, client-centered, and research informed interventions 100 74.4 87.2
Evaluation 100 95 97.5
Generalist Practice Behaviors       
Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions 100    
Advanced Generalist Practice Behaviors      
Utilize a structured process to evaluate practice and promote change 100 95 97.5
*The advanced field evaluation wording precluded having data for all practice behaviors.  **This practice behavior was not assessed in the survey.


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