2019-2020 Social Work (BS) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Department: Social Work
Program: Social Work (BS)
Department Chair: gacker
Department Assessment Coordinator: kglickman
Program Coordinator: kglickman
Completed by: kglickman
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/10/24 17:00:00 GMT-4

Program Mission

The York College Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program is committed to undergraduate social work education of the highest academic rigor and professional relevance with a particular emphasis on serving diverse urban populations in the global context. The cohesive curriculum of the Program, built on a strong and well-integrated liberal arts base, is designed to educate students in the knowledge, skills, and values for generalist social work practice. The York College undergraduate Social Work Program prepares students for successful professional employment and advancement as well as graduate study in the field of social work. In a perpetually changing social landscape in the United States and global demands, social work higher education institutions are continuously engaged in the practice of self-assessment, rejuvenation, and adjustment to current demographic, cultural, and economic realities. York College of the City University of New York is located in Queens County, which is one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the nation. Students who attend York College speak 84 different languages; many of them are 1st generation immigrants who represent 125 different countries. Diversity on campus and at the Program level goes beyond ethnicity and is expressed in family structure, gender, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, and religion. One of the main pedagogical aspects of the York College Social Work Program is the emphasis on preparing students to work with diverse urban populations in a variety of practice settings. The complexity of the human condition in the context of a rapidly changing global environment and technological advances demands a high level of expertise and sophistication from social work practitioners. The Program prepares students through an effective integration of a liberal arts foundation with the social work knowledge base. The distinctive and effective pedagogies which characterize the York College Bachelor of Sciences degree in Social Work, equip students with a broad and cohesive generalist knowledge base and the skills that allow graduates to work competently as emerging social work practitioners and leaders, and who pursue graduate study in social work. The Program fully subscribes to the mission of York College expressed in the 2011 Strategic Plan: “York College enriches lives and enables students to grow as passionate, engaged learners with the confidence to realize their intellectual and human potential as individuals and global citizens.”

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Demonstrate effective oral and and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and colleagues

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intentional Interactions - Participate in productive and creative interactions among various groups.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Oral Communication

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

SCWK 400 Generalist Practice III: Working with Communities SCWK 480: Social Welfare Policy

Sample Size

SCWK 400: 10 students SCWK 480: 10 students

Measure

Formal community study Final integrative paper

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Four on a five point scale


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Professional Identity: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly

Program Student Learning Outcome

Practice personal reflection and self-correction

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Self-Reflection and Accountability - Reflect on their learning, identify challenges, create a plan to meet the challenges, and improve decision-making.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

SCWK 300: Generalist Practice I- Working with Individuals SCWK 410: Field Placement & Seminar I

Sample Size

SCWK 300: 10 students SCWK 410: All students

Measure

SCWK 300: Time management project SCWK 410: Process recordings

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Four on a five point scale


Outcome 3

Program Goal

Ethical Practice: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

Program Student Learning Outcome

Recognize and manage personal values

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Integrity - Demonstrate integrity as a central value in all aspects of their engagement including learning, research and service.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

SCWK 293: Social Work Practicum SCWK 203: Social Welfare Policies and Programs

Sample Size

SCWK 293: 10 students SCWK 203: 10 students

Measure

SCWK 293: Logbook assignment SCWK 203: Final integrative paper

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Four on a five point scale


Rationale for the Plan

In Fall 2019, we will continue to measure all 42 practice behaviors, representing the 10 Core Competencies identified by CSWE. Because the benchmark of 80% was not achieved in 2017-2018 for Core Competency 2.1.2(1), we will report on this competency again to see if changes in pedagogy and data collection improved performance in this area. In addition, we will report on 2 additional Core Competencies (2.1.1(2), 2.1.3(3)), reflecting the goals of Professional Identity and Critical Thinking.

Data Collection and Evaluation

Indicate when the data collection will take place, which faculty members will be involved in the overall assessment process, how many of them will evaluate, analyze and interpret the student data for the current academic year.

Data will be collected from all courses in Fall 2019. All Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors will be measured. The Program Director coordinates assessment activities and analyzes the data. All full-time faculty members are involved in collecting and interpreting data and making recommendations and revisions as needed.