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Vancouver 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 foundation year, which the cohort just completed.  

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


Practice Behavior Assessment Method Avg
Survey Field
Sample Size 8 27   
Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly 100 97.4 98.7
Advocate for client access to the services of social work 100 100  
Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development 100 92  
Attend to professional roles and boundaries 100 96.2  
Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior,  appearance, and communication 100 100  
Engage in career-long learning 100 96  
Use supervision and consultation 100 100  
Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice 100 100 100
Resolve ethical dilemmas using the Code of Ethics 100 100  
Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts 100 100  
Apply a strategy of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions 100 100  
Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide my practice*   100  
Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments 100 100 100
Evaluate and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research knowledge, and practice wisdom 100 100  
Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation 100 100  
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups and colleagues 100 100   
Engage diversity and difference in practice 100 98 99
Recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power 100 96  
Gain sufficient self-awareness to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups 100 100  
Recognize and communicate your understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences 100 100  
View yourself as a learner and engage those with whom you work as informants 100 96  
Advance human rights and social and economic justice 100 100 100
Understand the forms and mechanism of oppression and discrimination 100 100  
Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice 100 100  
Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice 100 100   
Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research 100 100 100
Use practice experience and context to inform scientific inquiry 100 100  
Use research evidence to inform practice 100 100  
Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment 100 100 100
Utilize theoretical or conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation 100 100  
Critique and apply knowledge to understand persons in their environment 100 100  
Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services 100 97.5 98.8
Analyze and formulate policies that advance social well-being 100 95  
Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action/advocacy 100 100  
Respond to contexts that shape practice 100 92.1 96
Continuously identify and assess micro, mezzo and macro systemic information to provide relevant services 100 94.1  
Be an agent of change in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services 100 90  
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities         
Engagement 100 98.1 99.1
Substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities 100 100  
Use empathy and other interpersonal skills 100 100  
Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes 100 94.4  
Assessment 100 97.7 98.9
Collect, organize, and interpret client data 100 100  
Assess client strengths and limitations 100 100  
Develop mutually agree-on intervention goals and objectives 100 90.9  
Select appropriate intervention strategies 100 100  
Intervention 100 97.8 98.9
Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals 100 100  
Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities 100 93.8  
Help clients resolve problems 100 100  
Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients 100 100  
Facilitate transitions and endings 100 95  
Evaluation 100 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions** 100    
* This practice behavior was not assessed in the survey.    
**This practice behavior was not assessed in field.


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