Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a rigorous process that ensures  degree programs establish and maintain high standards of education. CSWE’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) establish social work programs’ structure and curriculum so every student graduating from a social work program should have the same basic skills and knowledge.

The baccalaureate curriculum is built on a liberal arts perspective and provides professional content, including the knowledge, values, processes, and skills deemed essential for professional practice. Graduates should possess a beginning professional level of proficiency in the knowledge and skills needed for self-critical and accountable practice.

Social work education at the master’s level is also built upon a liberal arts perspective. It includes required professional foundation content and one or more advanced practice concentrations designed to teach students advanced analytic and practice skills sufficient for self-critical, accountable, and ultimately autonomous practice in relevant professional areas.

Adapted from: Council on Social Work Education, Directory of colleges and universities with accredited social work degree programs, September 2001.


Bachelors of Social Work Student Outcomes

Summary of the Program’s Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice


Assessment Measure #1: (Field Evaluation)

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Each semester, final field evaluation

Who assessed student competence:

Field Instructor

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

2.5 out of 4

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

80%

Assessment Measure #2: (Embedded course Assignments)

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Each semester, individual designated assignments

Who assessed student competence:

Instructors

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

70%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

80%

 

Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Year ( 2020-2021)


 

COMPETENCY 

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK (%)

 

 

Aggregate

of Students from All Program Options


n = 219

Program Option #1

(UMSL, mixed)

 

n = 207

Program Option #2

(MAC, mixed)

 

n = 12

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

 

80%

 

88.2%

 

92.1%

 

 

84.4%

 

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

 

80%

 

92.8%

 

92.8%

 

92.9%

 

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

 

80%

 

94.1%

 

97.3%

 

 

90.9%

 

Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

 

80%

 

94.9%

 

96.1%

 

 

93.8%

 

 

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

 

80%

 

94.1%

 

97.3%

 

90.9%

 

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

 

80%

 

97.4%

 

99.2%

 

 

95.7%

 

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

 

80%

 

96.2%

 

96.8%

 

 

95.7%

 

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

 

80%

 

96.1%

 

96.8%

 

 

95.4%

 

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

 

80%

 

97.9%

 

97.1%

 

 

98.6%

 

 

MSW Assessment of Student Outcomes

Summary of the Program’s Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice


 

Assessment Measure #1: [Final Field Evaluation, SW 5800]

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed: 

Foundation Practicum

Who assessed student competence: 

Field Instructor

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

3.0 out of 4.0

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

90%

Assessment Measure #2: [Class Assignments]

Dimension(s) assessed: 

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed: 

Each semester, individual designated assignments

Who assessed student competence: 

Course Instructors

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

80%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

90%

 

 

Summary of the Program’s Assessment Plan | Specialized Practice

Area of Specialized Practice #1: [ Family Practice]


 

Assessment Measure #1: [Final Field Evaluation, SW 6850]

Dimension(s) assessed: 

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed: 

Specialization Practicum

Who assessed student competence: 

Field Instructor

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

80%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

90%

Assessment Measure #2: [Embedded Course Assignments]

Dimension(s) assessed:  Specialization Coursework

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Specialization Coursework

Who assessed student competence: 

Course Instructors

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

80%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

95%

 

Area of Specialized Practice #2: [ Leadership and Social Change]


 

Assessment Measure #1: [Final Field Evaluation, SW 6850]

Dimension(s) assessed: 

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed: 

Specialization Practicum

Who assessed student competence: 

Field Instructor

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

80%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

90%

Assessment Measure #2: [Embedded Course Assignments]

Dimension(s) assessed

Knowledge, Skills, Values, Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Specialization Coursework

Who assessed student competence: 

Course Instructors

Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:

80%

Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9:

95%

 

OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 

(Aggregate Findings for All Students from All Program Options Combined) 1  

Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Year ( 2020-2021)



COMPETENCY 

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

 

(GENERALIST) 

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

 

(SPECIALIZED PRACTICE, Field / Classes) 

 

 

 

 

Generalist Practice

n= 37

Family Practice

n = 109

Leadership & Social Change

n = 15

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

100%

 

 

97.5%

 

 

100%

Competency 2:

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

100%

 

 

100%

 

 

100%

Competency 3:

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

97.1%

 

 

99.0%

 

 

100%

Competency 4:

Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

96.0%

 

 

100%

 

 

100%

Competency 5:

Engage in Policy Practice 

 

90%

 

90% / 95%

 

97.1%

 

99.0%

 

100%

Competency 6:

Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

94.7%

 

 

100%

 

 

100%

Competency 7:

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

97.8%

 

 

100%

 

 

100%

Competency 8:

Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

97.8%

 

 

96.5%

 

 

100%

Competency 9:

Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

 

 

90%

 

 

90% / 95%

 

 

92.9%

 

 

99.0%

 

 

100%

1 During the 2020-2021 academic year all courses at the MSW level were taught in blended or fully online formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with students from both program options mixed in all classes. 



Our BSW and MSW programs are both fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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