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Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 2016

MSW Program

In compliance with the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), the Tulane School of Social Work (TSSW) utilizes a competency-based approach to assessing student learning outcomes.  All programs are required to measure and report student attainment of core competencies that have been identified by CSWE as essential to professional social work practice.  Social Work programs establish benchmarks for measuring students’ mastery of these competencies, and outcomes are assessed in relation to these benchmarks.  At TSSW, competencies are assessed using two measures: field evaluations and student self assessments.  On field evaluations, benchmarks are met on each competency if at least 80% of students are rated by their field instructors as meeting or exceeding expectations.  On student self-evaluations, benchmarks are met if at least 80% of students rate themselves as satisfactorily competent or above.


Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark on Each Competency

Competency Benchmark Field Evaluations Student Self-Assessments
2.1.1: Identify as a Professional Social Worker 80% 95.06% 98.51%
2.1.2: Apply Ethical Principles 80% 95.06% 94.03%
2.1.3: Apply Critical Thinking 80% 95.06% 98.51%
2.1.4: Engage Diversity in Practice 80% 95.06% 100.00%
2.1.5: Advance Human Rights/ Social and Economic Justice 80% 93.83% 92.54%
2.1.6: Engage Research Informed Practice/Practice Informed Research 80% 91.36% 89.55%

2.1.7: Human Behavior Knowledge

80% 95.06% 98.51%
2.1.8: Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services 80% 96.30% 88.06%
2.1.9: Respond to Practice Contexts 80% 95.06% 80.60%
2.1.10a: Practice Engagement 80% 95.06% 100.00%
2.1.10b: Practice Assessment 80% 96.30% 89.55%
2.1.10c: Practice Intervention 80% 93.83% 88.06%
2.1.10d: Practice Evaluation 80% 97.53% 94.03%