Accreditation

The Boston College MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). As part of the accreditation process, all programs are required to report the assessment results of a series of competencies as mandated by the CSWE.


Council on Social Work Education - Form AS 4 (M)
Boston College Master of Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

LAST COMPLETED ON (2020)

Submitting Form AS 4 for Reaffirmation Self-Study & Candidacy Benchmarks

This form is used to assist the Commission on Accreditation in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the accreditation standard below:

4.0.3: The program uses Form AS 4(B) and/or Form AS 4(M) to report its most recent assessment outcomes for each program option to constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) its findings.

All programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) are required to measure and report student learning outcomes.  All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and any additional competencies programs may choose to add.  These holistic competencies reflect the dimensions (knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive & affective processes) of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.  

Programs determine a percentage-based benchmark for each competency and determine an outcome-measure benchmark (minimum score) for each measure. The competency benchmark (which can differ for each competency) represents the minimum percent of students the program expects to have achieved the outcome measure benchmarks in both/all measures for each of the nine competencies. The program then determines the percentage of students that attained each outcome measure (e.g., minimum score or higher), and aggregates the percentages for both/all measures together to obtain the percentage of students demonstrating competence inclusive of two (2) or more measures. The result of aggregating both/all outcome measure percentages provides the percentage of students achieving the competency benchmark. An aggregated percentage at or above the competency benchmark is considered achievement of that competency. If the program has more than one program option, the program must report data for each program option, and also an aggregate of all program options combined to determine an overall percentage of students across all program options achieving the competency benchmark.

Posting Form AS 4 for Ongoing Compliance with AS 4.0.3

Per the requirement of CSWE COA’s recognizing body, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and accreditation standard 4.0.3, programs must post this form publicly on its website and routinely up-date (minimally every 2 years) its findings.  Upon request, programs must provide CSWE with the weblink to the published form on the program’s website where it is accessible to the public.  Data presented on the form must be collected within 2 years of today’s date at all times.

Summary of the Program’s Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add.  Summarize the program’s competency-based assessment plan.  Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number measures included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Field Performance Evaluation

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Values, Skills, and Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Final semester in Field Agency

Who assessed student competence:

Agency Field Supervisor

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

Score of 4 on 5 point scale

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: Competency Assignment Portfolio

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Values, Skills, and Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Final semester in school

Who assessed student competence:

Faculty Advisor

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

Score of 4 on 5 point scale

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

Students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add, that reflect the area of specialized practice.  Summarize the program’s competency-based assessment plan.  Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number of areas of specialized practice and each measure included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Clinical Field Performance Evaluation

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Values, Skills, and Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Final semester in Field Agency

Who assessed student competence:

Agency Field Supervisor

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

Score of 4 on 5 point scale

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: Clinical Competency Assignment Portfolio

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Values, Skills, and Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Final semester in school

Who assessed student competence:

Faculty Advisor

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

Score of 4 on 5 point scale

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

90%

 

Area of Specialized Practice #1: Macro Practice


Assessment Measure #1: Macro Field Performance Evaluation

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Values, Skills, and Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Final semester in Field Agency

Who assessed student competence:

Agency Field Supervisor

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

Score of 4 on 5 point scale

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: Macro Competency Assignment Portfolio

Dimension(s) assessed:

Knowledge, Values, Skills, and Cognitive & Affective Processes

When/where students are assessed:

Final semester in school

Who assessed student competence:

Faculty Advisor

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

Score of 4 on 5 point scale

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

90%

 

Directions for completing Form AS 4

Indicate the benchmark percentage for each competency.  The competency benchmark is the percent of students the program expects to have achieved both/all outcome measure benchmarks.  Programs calculate the percentage of students achieving each outcome measure benchmark, then calculate the percentage of students achieving each competency inclusive of two or more measures for each program option.  Programs with multiple program options must present data for each program option, and in aggregate inclusive of all program options per competency.  Programs may add/delete columns and to accurately reflect the number of program options offered.  This is a required form.  The assessment data table may be altered to accurately reflect the number of program options offered and additional program-developed competencies. However, beyond these formatting alternations, the program may not alter the content of this form.

Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Year 2019-2020

Program Option #1: Chestnut Hill, MA On-Campus In-person (in-person and remote during Covid pandemic)

COMPETENCY

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK (%) (GENERALIST)

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

 

  (AREA OF   SPECIALIZED   PRACTICE)

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark

     

Generalist Practice

 

n = 134

Area of Specialized Practice #1

Clinical Practice

 

n = 108

Area of Specialized Practice #2

Macro Practice

 

n = 26

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

90%

90%

97.01

97.66

100

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

90%

90%

96.63

97.21

100

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

90%

90%

93.25

96.24

100

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

90%

90%

89.54

91.35

95.74

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

90%

90%

89.02

85.99

97.92

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

90%

90%

100

99.05

97.96

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

90%

90%

96.21

93.20

97.67

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

90%

90%

95.06

94.74

91.49

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

90%

90%

88.80

90.05

88.37