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MSW Assessment of Students 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 below for the MSW Program 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 primary measurement tool in current use for students’ field placement 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 percentages of students achieving the benchmark at each of Indiana University’s MSW Program campuses are provided in the final columns on the right side of the tables.

The Indiana University School of Social Work Master’s of Social Work (MSW) Program offers 6 concentrations:  Health, Mental Health and Addictions, Schools, Child Welfare, Advanced Generalist Practice, and Leadership.  Five campuses currently offer the MSW Program:

  • Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Fort Wayne (IPFW)
  • Richmond (IUE)
  • South Bend (IUSB)
  • Gary (IUN)
  • MSW Direct Online Program (IU Online)

The tables below present the percentages of students achieving the level of ‘proficient’ for each concentration that is offered at each campus, with ‘proficient’ measured as a ‘5’ or better on the seven-point scale. 

2012 Council on Accreditation (COA) Reporting Form for the Learning and Evaluation Tool (LET) (PDF, >1MB)

2013 Council on Accreditation (COA) Reporting Form for the Learning and Evaluation Tool (LET) (PDF, >1MB)

2014 Council on Accreditation (COA) Reporting Form for the Learning and Evaluation Tool (LET) (PDF, >1MB)

2015 Council on Accreditation (COA) Reporting Form for the Learning and Evaluation Tool (LET) (PDF, >1MB)

2014 Council on Accreditation (COA) Reporting Form for the Second Measures by Campus and Concentration

2015 Council on Accreditation (COA) Reporting Form for the Second Measures by Campus and Concentration