BSW Assessment of Student Outcomes
Indiana University School of Social Work routinely collects and analyzes student learning outcomes at both the BSW and MSW Programs. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) mandates that accredited BSW and MSW Programs widely report student learning outcomes on several practice competencies. Initially, data were collected based on the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and included 10 Competencies. The more recent 2015 EPAS includes 9 competencies. To establish and monitor the quality of social work programs across the country, the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) uses these and other data to evaluate the extent to which programs across the U.S. are in compliance with national CSWE accreditation standards. Those tables that are presented under the BSW Program and tabs are common to all U.S.A.-accredited programs. These tables contain a brief description of each of the 10 competencies through 2014, the benchmark at which individual students’ scores are considered proficient, and the percentages of students attaining the level of proficiency on each of the 10 CSWE accreditation competencies.
The measurement tool in current use by Indiana University to identify students’ learning outcomes is called the ‘Learning and Evaluation Tool’ (LET). The tool upon which the tables are based contains all 10 CSWE accreditation competencies and the various social work practice behaviors that comprise these 10 competencies. A score of ‘5’ or above is considered ‘proficient’ in a given competency. The percentage of students achieving the benchmark at each of Indiana University’s BSW and MSW campuses are provided in the final columns on the right side of the tables.
The Indiana University School of Social Work Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) Program has campuses at:
- Indianapolis (IUPUI)
- Bloomington (IUB)
- Gary (IUN)
- Richmond (IUE)
- South Bend (IUSB)
The tables located below present the percentages of students achieving the level of ‘proficient’ at each campus, with ‘proficient’ measured as a ‘5’ or better on the seven-point scale.