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1 College of Health & Human Services Bachelor of Science in Social Work

2 Bachelor of Science Social Work Major Program Overview Recent Improvements Expected Outcomes and Results Plans for Further Improvement

3 Program Overview The University offers a Bachelor of Science in Social Work on the Troy campus and on the Phenix City campus. The Dothan campus will begin to offer this program in Fall The purpose of the Social Work program is to provide students intervention skills for any-sized client system while employing a process directed toward client empowerment and to work effectively within social service delivery organizational structures.

4 Expected Outcomes & Assessment Methods Expected Outcomes (1) Developing critical thinking skills as related to: EPAS 3.0 (1) Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice. SWK 2250, 3320, 2280, 2281, 3340, 3390, 4450, 4471, 4472, and 4481 (2) Understand social work values, ethical standards, and principles as related to: EPAS 3.0 (2) Understanding the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles and practice accordingly. SWK 2250, 2280, 2281, 3301, 3302, 3320, 3340, 3390, 4471, 4472, 4481 (3) Understanding issues related to diversity, inequality, discrimination, and oppression as related to: EPAS 3.0 (3) Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. SWK 2250, 2281, 3301, 3302, 3303, 3320, 3340, 3390, 4450, 4471, 4472, 4481

5 (4) Mechanism of oppression and discrimination as related to: EPAS 3.0 (4) Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice. SWK 2250, 3303, 3302, 3320, 3340, 4450, 4481 (5) Historical roots of Social Welfare and Social work as related to: EPAS 3.0 (5) Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues. SWK 2250, 3301, 3302, 3340, 4450, 4481 (6) Generalist Practice Skills as related to: EPAS 3.0 (6) Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes. SWK 2250, 3303, 3390, 4471, 4472, 4481 (7) Theoretical frameworks of human development as related to: EPAS 3.0 (7) Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities. SWK 2250, 2281, 3301, 3303, 3320, 3340, 3390, 4450, 4471, 4472, 4481

6 (8) Social Policy analysis as related to: EPAS 3.0 (8) Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies. SWK 3301, 3302, 3340, 4450, 4481 (9) Scientific Approach as related to: EPAS 3.0 (9) Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions. SWK 2280, 2281, 4450, 4472, 4481 (10) Communication skills as related to: EPAS 3.0 (10) Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities. (11) Supervision and consultation as related to: EPAS 3.0 (11) Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice. (12) Personal functioning as related to: EPAS 3.0 (12) Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change. SWK 2250, 3303, 3390, 4471, 4472, 4481 SWK 3303, 3390, 4471, 4472, 4480, 4481 SWK 3303, 3390, 4471, 4472, 4480, 4481

7 Curriculum Committee Met August 4, 2009 for academic year Practicum issues Pre-Practicum for everybody Things that must be checked in pre-practicum must be put In syllabus GPA must have a 2.0 no exceptions Certified background check $31 Insurance $20 CORE Rehabilitation Program Curriculum Matrix Phenix City onboard Fall visit is needed CSWE On site visit scheduled for March and April 2010 EPAS (Core Competencies must be in each syllabus) Course objectives Grading Administrative policies Status of Self Study Content matrix Data Practicum manual Student advising manual Summary: new Program Learning Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes will be devised according to EPAS core competencies. PLOs were met last year but will change due to accreditation process during spring 2010.

8 Recent Improvements Based on prior assessment activities, the Social Work program has implemented several improvements, including revising questions on the Area Concentration Test (capstone examination selected by faculty) and increasing the number of students who participate in volunteering and/or study abroad activities.

9 Program Level Expected Outcomes (including student learning outcomes) Twenty (20) social work majors will complete their B.S. in Social Work each year. 2006: 22 students graduated with a B.S. in Social Work 2007: 25 students graduated with a B.S. in Social Work 2008: 25 students graduated with a B.S. in Social Work 80% of the respondents on the Agency Instructor Survey will strongly agree students adequately utilize information, problem solve, and implement appropriate services. 2006: 89% strongly agree 2007: 97% strongly agree 2008: 100% strongly agree 80% of students will strongly agree they are satisfied with their academic preparation and experiences in the social work practice. 2006: 97% strongly agree 2007: 100% strongly agree 2008: 100% strongly agree

10 Program Level Expected Outcomes (continued) 80% of employers will strongly agree graduates have acquired knowledge to assess social work issues and identify appropriate services and/or interventions. 2006: 97% strongly agreed 2007: 97% strongly agreed 2008: 100% strongly agreed Students will score greater than or equal to 50% on the Area Concentration Test (ACT) Human Behavior in Social Environment component (component of standardized test). 2006: Aggregate score was 56% 2007: Aggregate score was 44% (did not meet expected outcome) 2008: Aggregate score was 64%

11 Program Level Expected Outcomes (including student learning outcomes) All Expected Outcomes changed fall 2009 and no data has been collected except for the following EO: Twenty (20) social work majors will complete their B.S. in Social Work each year. Troy Campus Fall 2009: 11 students graduated Spring 2010: No data reported at this time Phenix City Fall 2009: 2 students graduated Spring 2010: No data reported at this time

12 Plans for Further Improvement, The program will revise data collecting process for Program Level Outcomes. The program will increase the number of graduates to twenty-five (25) per year. The program will revise assessment procedures for Program Level Outcomes (i.e., research standardized examination) to provide resources to increase aggregate score. The program will increase the number of respondents on the practicum evaluation.

13 Plans for Further Improvement, Data will be collected for new Expected Outcomes information.

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