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1 PDC University of Windsor Program Development Committee 6.3: Bachelor of Social Work Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates - New Program Proposal (Form 2) Item for: Approval Forwarded by: PDC Subcommittee on Program/Course Changes MOTION: That Bachelor of Social Work Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates New Program Proposal, be approved. Approvals/Rationale: This proposal has been approved by the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Arts and Science Coordinating Council (January 14, 2010). The BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates is designed to be equivalent to the on-campus BSW program in terms of learning outcomes, philosophy and professional and academic standards. Currently the University of Windsor offers a degree completion program with the St. Clair College Child and Youth Worker Diploma Graduates which results in students obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The establishment of this degree completion program will provide graduates of the Sheridan College Social Service Worker Diploma with a seamless transition from certification as a Social Service Worker to a Bachelor of Social Work level practitioner. The degree completion program will be offered on-site at Sheridan College. This is a BSW for working professionals and therefore the courses required to complete the degree will be delivered by a blend of online/distance education and courses taught on the Sheridan campus generally in the evening by University of Windsor Faculty of Arts and Social Science faculty and/or sessional instructors hired from the local community. The degree completion program has been carefully developed to ensure appropriate bridging courses are provided. As with the BSW offered on the main campus, the degree completion program offered at Sheridan has received accreditation and will be subject to periodic review by the accrediting body and through the Undergraduate Program Review process. In response to a question raised it was noted that students in the degree completion program at Sheridan College who decide to transfer to the Windsor campus would need to apply for admission to the four-year BSW program and transfer credits accrued would need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. See attached.

2 PART A: Basic Program Information FACULTY: AAU: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences School of Social Work Program Title: BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates Name of Program as it Will Appear on the Diploma Honours Bachelor of Social Work (e.g., Bachelor of Arts Honours Psychology) [Please note that, for general degrees, the discipline is not included on diplomas.] Proposed Year of Offering [Fall 20xx]: 2010 Mode of Study: Planned Student Enrolment: 35 Normal Duration for Completion: B. Overall Program Plan Classroom instruction, on line and field education Six consecutive semesters (two years) Abstract/Summary of Proposal Please provide a brief statement about the direction, relevance, and importance of the new or revised program. Over the past decade, it has become clear that universities and Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology would be well served by developing clear and transparent processes for transitions by students from one to the other. This BSW degree completion program for Sheridan College Social Service Worker diploma graduates is an effort to accomplish this goal in an important area. Social Service Worker diploma graduates and BSW graduates together form the membership of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. By definition, this makes the Social Service Worker diploma program and the Honours Bachelor of Social Work program high affinity areas of study. Despite this high affinity, little has been done to develop smooth transitions from one level of professional practice certification to another. It is relatively easy to move from a Bachelor of Social Work level to a Masters of Social Work level and beyond, but no clear transition pathways from the Social Service Worker level to the Bachelor of Social Work level exist. Several universities encourage Social Service Worker diploma graduates to apply for entry into Social Work degree programs, but do little to acknowledge the learning already accomplished by the Social Service Worker graduate. This degree completion program, in partnership with Sheridan College, attempts to address these issues. By incorporating courses from the selected Social Science BA degrees, through University of Windsor and Sheridan College, a degree completion program for Social Service Worker graduates would be made available at the Sheridan College campus. This program would involve completing four arts and science courses, eight level Social Science courses and 13 social work courses. Through the creation of this degree completion program, a major step will be taken toward developing a seamless transition model from a Social Service Worker to a BSW level practitioner. Academic Goal What is the overall aim of the proposed new program/program change? What will the new program/program change accomplish? The BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates is designed to graduate students who have the same knowledge, skill and value orientations as their counterparts who graduate from the University of Windsor s School of Social Work Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree. The major academic goal is to accomplish this outcome by both acknowledging and building upon the learning which has taken place for students completing the Sheridan College Social Service Worker diploma program. Program Name and Degree Designation Are the proposed program name and degree designation appropriate to program content and consistent with current usage in the discipline? Explain. Page 2 of 16

3 The BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates resulting in an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree are both fully appropriate names. The University of Windsor already provides a degree completion program entitled Degree Completion Program for Previous Degree Holders and St.Clair CYW Diploma Graduates. This program results in students obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree. The Bachelor of Social Work degree is a standard degree title applied throughout the profession of Social Work in Canada. RELATIONSHIP OF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES TO UNIVERSITY AND OTHER PRIORITIES Area/Department s Goals and Objectives How does the proposed new program/program change fit with the area/department s overall goals and objectives? The School s most recent Five Year Plan sets out four goals including two that are particularly applicable to the BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates: 2) To provide a quality education for social work students that makes a positive difference in their lives, and through them to their families, human service organizations and communities. 4) To promote cooperative relationships among the School of Social Work, the University of Windsor, health and human service organizations, community groups, other educational institutions, business and industry, and government agencies at the local, provincial, national and international levels. The objectives of the School of Social Work remain the same for this program as for the existing BSW programs. 1) Provide a learning environment that includes an awareness of the social construction of theory and its application, which facilitates the acquisition and continued development of knowledge, values, and skills for ethical generalist practice with oppressed, marginalized, and vulnerable populations. 2) Enable students to understand the responsibility to use social work knowledge, values, and skills in pursuit of social justice and human rights with a focus on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility and other anti-oppressive practice. 3) Develop a commitment to and understanding of how self-reflection, creativity, critical inquiry, and evidence-based practice impacts professional social work. 4) Enable students to understand current practice realities in social welfare, social work, and social policy from a historical, socio/political, economic and environmental context. 5) Facilitate the integration of knowledge from the liberal arts, professional social work education which includes multiple theoretical and conceptual bases, and field practice to prepare students for competent professional practice. 6) Foster within students the ability to recognize structural barriers created by society through social inequities, environment issues, regional disparities, and to build a commitment to social advocacy and social change. 7) Teach students to facilitate client empowerment through reciprocal sharing of knowledge, and mutually understanding client strengths, life experience and expertise, and capacity for change. Faculty Five Year Plan How does the proposed new program/program change fit with the Faculty s overall goals and objectives as defined in its Five Year Plan? Page 3 of 16

4 The proposed BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates exemplifies the principles underlying the Faculty of Arts and Social Science s overall goals and objectives. As stated by Dr. Houston, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( Oct. 2007), FASS invites its students to Challenge Yourself, Change the World. With that invitation, the Arts and Social Sciences bring together people to discover, to learn, and to reflect on creating a better world. We help them develop all the skills and attitudes for career success, but our aim is to accomplish much more. We urge our students to take on personal and academic responsibilities and challenges. We want them to join us in making the world a better place to live and we achieve this by encouraging critical thinking and social action. We want them all to make critical inquiry a goal in their lives. We encourage them to be independent learners and accomplished communicators. We help them focus on learning that includes social responsibilities and we want them to apply their understanding to active pursuit of social justice. We want them to stand up for the disadvantaged and take action to improve the fabric of our society and the world. The proposed BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates also fits well with the overall goals and objectives defined in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Five Year Plan: FASS 2012: The Windsor Advantage, with particular reference to Principle 2: Social Justice is an ideal that infuses our creative, research, and learning endeavours and links our Faculty s mission to the university s founding purpose to teach goodness, discipline, and knowledge in pursuit of a better life for humanity. With regard to specific goals and objectives included in the FASS Five Year Plan, the BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates fits the Graduate Outcomes identified in The Windsor Advantage by requiring students to: engage in research about issues related to the history, construction and meaning of social work and social justice; undertake relevant field placements outside the university; master foundational research skills and discipline-specific research tools and employ these foundational skills for research on social justice issues; discuss social work practice and social justice issues from several critical perspectives, articulate the assumptions of these perspectives and evaluate their comparative merits; work closely and productively with peers in support of a culture of enquiry leading to a greater understanding of the complexity of social work practice; exercise the responsibilities of active citizenship through advocacy for and with individuals and groups labeled as vulnerable populations; develop a strong identity with social work as a profession; exercise critical thinking and apply it to diverse issues and problems associated with social justice and vulnerable populations. University Strategic Plan How does the proposed new program/program change fit with the University s overall goals and objectives as defined in To Greater Heights? The University of Windsor is currently in the process of developing a new strategic plan. It is unlikely that this BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates would not fit closely with this plan. Part of the process, at the university, will be to ensure that all academic units have input into the planning process and ultimately, to develop conformity with it. Since the BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates is designed to be equivalent to the on campus BSW program in terms of learning outcomes, philosophy and both professional and academic standards, it will of necessity also need to conform to the overall strategic plan. Page 4 of 16

5 DEMAND FOR THE NEW PROGRAM/PROGRAM CHANGE Student and Market Demand What tools and methodology were used to conduct the market assessment? Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology is currently undertaking a market survey. The methods utilized to collect the data for the potential partnership between the University of Windsor and Sheridan College will be by survey and analysis of SSW diploma graduation rates.a survey of SSW diploma graduates and current SSW students was recently conducted at Fleming College of Applied Arts and Technology. In describing the desired format of study overall for the BSW program, 27.5% of the respondents expressed an interest in studying fulltime days, 6% part-time days, 27% part-time evenings, 18.5% part-time weekends, 15.5% did not respond to the survey question, and 5.5% responded other. The respondents who specified other did not provide any information regarding their response to this question. Approximately 79% of SSW diploma graduates and current students expressed an interest in completing a BSW. Please provide quantitative evidence of student and market demand (e.g., responses/statistics from surveys, etc.). Sheridan College has had approximately 1650 Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates in the past five years and anticipates a continuing graduation rate of between 550 and 600 SSW diploma graduates per year. Given the planned four course semester and flexible modes of course delivery, it is anticipated that the program could accommodate most of theses prospective students needs. By extrapolating from these survey results to the graduation statistics for Sheridan College, it can be estimated that the following student availability for the BSW degree completion at Sheridan College would be justified. This would indicate that approximately 1560 SSW diploma holders from the last five years graduates and an ongoing 440 SSW graduates per year would potentially be available to access this degree program. Please indicate the origin of student demand (% domestic and visa students). For graduate programs also indicate the undergraduate or master s programs from which students would likely be drawn. All students would be considered domestic, having graduated from the Sheridan College Social Services Worker diploma program. Projected enrolment levels for the first 5 years of operation. (If the program is in operation, use actual and projected data.) Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year Projected steady-state student enrolment per year: 1 st Year 2 nd Year 3 rd Year 4 th Year nil Projected steady-state student enrolment overall: 65 This program is designed to run for six consecutive semesters, with four courses in each semester and five courses in the final capstone semester. For the sake of this table, two semesters have been identified as a year. Societal Need What tools and methodology were used to assess societal need? A review of statistics and reports from major labour force sources were reviewed. Please provide information on the dimension of the societal need for graduates of the new program/program change (e.g., socio-cultural, economic, scientific, or technological). The societal need assessment projects a continuing demand for social work graduates throughout Canada and the US. What is the geographic scope of the societal need for graduates of the new program/program change (e.g., Page 5 of 16

6 local, regional, provincial, or national)? The report provided below indicates that the need for Social Work graduates is local, regional, provincial, national and international. Please provide information on the anticipated duration of, and trends in, societal need for graduates of the new program/program change. According to Statistics Canada (2009), 11% of graduates in health-related fields move to another province within two years after graduation and this rate is an average of 10% higher than other university programs of study. They further report that many students leave their current province in order to obtain their education (about 5% in Ontario) and less than one percent in Ontario migrate to another province following graduation in search for employment. Statistics Canada feels that many people leaving their resident province for study is related to the lack of program opportunities in their province and possibly larger enrolment numbers. According to Jane Lin with Statistics Canada (2009), employment overall saw increases except in the manufacturing industry. She further reports that health care and social assistance jobs saw the second largest increase in 2007, with an additional 64,000 jobs created, than in the previous year. She further states that with every job lost in the manufacturing industry, two were created in either the health care/social assistance or construction field. Between 2002 and 2007 more workers in these two fields found employment than those in the retail field. Another report by Statistics Canada (May, 2009) stated that about a third of those who graduated from a health-related program reported being employed in a health-related occupation in The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) (2008) provides data for the number of Registered Social Workers by province. Ontario showed an increase from 3,042 to 10,450 between the years of 1997 and These numbers may be somewhat skewed because not all Social Work program graduates make the effort to become registered with their province, however it absolutely indicates an increase in the number of Social Workers in the 9 years indicated. The CIHI (2008) further reports that the number of graduates of both undergraduate and graduate Social Work programs has changed from 2,937 in 2003 to 3,077 in The report isolates the statistics for the University of Windsor with a graduation rate of 56 students in 2003, up to 70 in 2004, dropping to 63 in 2005, and rising up again to 69 in According to the United States Department of Labour s Bureau of Labour Statistics (2007) the employment for social workers is projected to grow much faster (with an increase of about 22%) than the average of all other occupations through They further report that with the aging population many jobs will be created in the health and social services field for gerontological social workers. They also state that there will be an increase in social workers working within private practices and employment of child, family and school social workers will also increase. They report that the increase in the areas of mental health and substance abuse will increase by 30%, over the decade. The Bureau of Labour Statistics (2007) report that in 2006 there were 595,000 social workers employed and the projected employment for social workers in 2016 is 727,000. It should be noted that social work is an occupation included in the North American Free Trade Agreement, making movement between Canada and the US quite feasible. Overall, throughout both Canada and the United States of America there are many opportunities for social workers, especially with the aging baby boom population. Social workers are expanding their job opportunities by specializing in areas such as mental health, child welfare, substance abuse, and gerontology. As the need for social workers increases there needs to be an increase in the number of students admitted to social work programs at all universities. As a result, social work programs should be expanded in the Greater Toronto Area not only for the community and agencies that will be expanding but also for the residents and community members that will require their assistance at some point in their lives. Without the University of Windsor program at Sheridan College, it appears many SSW diploma graduates will not be able to pursue their BSW or MSW as the university facilities in the GTA are already over subscribed. Having employment and family responsibilities may make moving or commuting impossible for many, therefore making it inappropriate to consider expanding the BSW program at the University of Windsor. Therefore, the option of Sheridan College having a partnership with the University of Windsor would not only increase the number of social workers within the community but would also aid people to attain their career goals at both the BSW and MSW levels. All spokespersons for Sheridan College have indicated a significant interest in the social Page 6 of 16

7 work programs in pursuing these social work programs with the University of Windsor. An alliance between the two institutions would be beneficial for all who are involved. References Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2008). Social workers. Retrieved September 16, 2009 from Job Futures. (2007). Job futures national edition: Social workers. Retrieved September 16, 2009 from Lin, Jane. (2009: ) Statistics Canada: Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to Retrieved September 16, 2009 from Statistics Canada. (2009). From aspirations to career choices: Youth pathways to health occupations. Retrieved September 16, 2009 from ca/pub/ x/ x eng.htm Statistics Canada. (2009). Where do Canadian health university graduates move after graduation? Retrieved September 16, 2009 from / x/ x eng.htm United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2007). Occupational outlook handbook, edition. Retrieved September 16, 2009 from bls.gov/oco/ocos060.htm Were comments/letters obtained from a variety of potential employers who have seen the curriculum and commented on the need for graduates within their organization and, more broadly, in their field of endeavour? Were comments/letters obtained from relevant professional societies and/or associations about the need for graduates based on a review of the curriculum? Were industry employment surveys reviewed for evidence of societal need (indicating numbers of positions in the field, numbers of new positions anticipated in the field, number of positions in the field current being advertised, etc.)? Are there any statistics available on the number of Ontario students leaving the province to study in the same field elsewhere in Canada or abroad? Page 7 of 16 Yes [If yes, please append letters to this proposal.] Yes [If yes, please append letters to this proposal.] Yes [If yes, please append surveys to this proposal.] Yes [If yes, please append statistics to this proposal.] No [If no, please provide an explanation below.] No [If no, please provide an explanation below.] No [If no, please provide an explanation below.] No [If no, please provide an explanation below.] Explanation: The respondents documented by letters of support in Appendix 1 did not see the specific curriculum proposed for Sheridan College, but could be expected to have a clear understanding of the skills and abilities appropriate to any Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree. This standardization is accomplished by an accreditation process conducted by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. The BSW program for the University of Windsor, School of Social Work was last accredited in 2004 and was approved for a period of seven years. The materials and letters compiled by Sheridan College address these issues, but were not specifically broken out. The statistics relative to these questions are included in the Societal Need Report above. List other similar programs being offered by other institutions in the Ontario university system. Resources to

8 determine whether other similar programs are being offered in Ontario include and Many universities In Ontario offer Honours BSW programs. Most of these institutions offering BSW programs have negotiated articulation agreements with various Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. However, this proposed degree completion BSW program appears to be unique. The Degree Completion Program is based on an analysis of SSW diploma content rather than course by course transfer credit. In addition, it includes the development of bridging courses, which are designed to augment courses in the SSW diploma, which partially cover material from courses in the BSW program at the University of Windsor. The augmentation of content is designed to fill the gaps which exist in the SSW content in a targeted manner, rather than requiring SSW diploma graduates to take all the courses which contain some content not covered that program. Is the evidence of societal need and student demand for the proposed new program/program change sufficient to justify duplication where there are programs in the system that are the same or similar? How does this initiative differ from similar programs in the system? What are its innovative and distinguishing features? The societal need and high affinity career progression addressed above, justify the development of this degree completion program. Social Service Worker diploma graduates from Sheridan College would be provided with an opportunity to continue career progress in the field of Social Work without leaving their geographic locale and without being seriously disadvantaged by having started their Social Work career through the College of Applied Arts and Technology system. RESOURCES Please provide detailed information on the resources currently available, anticipated sources of new resources, reallocation of resources or cost-savings, and the additional resources required to run the proposed new program or program change. Incorporate new information or issues raised during or after the review of Form 1. [There is almost never a neutral resource impact of a proposal.] Note: The attached Budget Summary Sheet must also be completed and submitted as part of the complete new program/program change proposal. RESOURCES AVAILABLE Faculty and Staff What are the faculty and staff resources (including all faculty and staff from affected areas/departments) currently available and committed to actively support the initiative (e.g., administrative, teaching, supervision, etc.)? It is anticipated that the thirteen social work courses required to fulfill this BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates will be addressed in a variety of ways. The final semester of the BSW Degree Completion Program for Sheridan Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates is comprised of Field Education Practicum and a Theory and Practice Integration Seminar. It is anticipated that these courses would be resourced by employing a well qualified social work academic/practitioner to develop field education placements, provide field learning consultation, provide consultation to field education sites, match and liaise with students and agencies and teach the Integration Seminars. Of the remaining eight social work courses, it is expected that four courses would be offered on-line, with the remaining four courses to be taught by University of Windsor faculty or sessional teachers hired locally. The twelve Social Science courses required to complete the necessary 25 courses would also be delivered by a blend of distance education courses and courses taught on the college site by Univeristy of Windsor Faculty of Arts and Social Science faculty and/or sessional instructors hired from the local community. Arrangements for all the above courses will be made through the University of Windsor in collaboration with Sheridan College, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Social Work. Provide an assessment of faculty expertise available and committed to actively support the new program. The Social Science courses including Social Work courses, required for this degree completion program, would be approved through the Faculty of Arts and Social Science s outreach to colleges. These courses would also Page 8 of 16

9 provide a blend of on-line and face-to-face instruction methods. The disciplines whose courses are offered would be responsible for evaluating and monitoring course content. Other Resources What are the resources currently available and committed to actively support the initiative (including library, teaching and learning support, space, equipment, facilities, GA/TAs, etc.)? This degree completion program would be offered on-site at Sheridan College and would place less than the normally expected student drain on the University of Windsor s resources in these areas. Any resources required at Sheridan College would be negotiated with Sheridan College by the Univeristy of Windsor in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Social Work. What are the student support services currently available and committed to actively support the initiative? As University of Windsor students, the participants in the BSW Degree Completion program would be eligible to access student services that are generally available to all students at the university. However, use of these services would be minimal given the distance involved. Reliance on Resources from Another Area/Unit Will the new program rely on existing resources of another campus unit (e.g., courses in the calendar, equipment or facilities outside the proposer s control or use of existing equipment within the proposer s control with maintenance and upgrading requirements specified)? Please elaborate and provide relevant details. No. ANTICIPATED SOURCES OF NEW RESOURCES List all anticipated sources of new resources available from within the area/department or Faculty (external grants, donations, government grants, etc.) The BSW Completion Program for Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates will be offered on a cost recovery basis. It is proposed that the program would be initiated on an annual basis if and only if the confirmed enrollment provides sufficient revenue to exceed all known costs. REALLOCATION OF RESOURCES AND COST-SAVINGS In reviewing the resources required to run the proposed program/program change, what opportunities for internal reallocation of resources and cost-savings have been identified and pursued by the area/department? The minimum enrollment threshold for the Degree Completion Program is designed to produce an excess of revenue over direct program expenditures. The dispersal of excess revenue will be determined by negotiation among the University of Windsor, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Social Work and Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES REQUIRED Faculty What additional faculty resources (including faculty resources required by all affected areas/departments) are required to run the proposed program? Any additional faculty resources required to run the BSW Degree Completion Program will be arranged and resourced through the allocation of revenues generated. Staff What additional staff resources (including staff resources required by all affected areas/departments) are required to run the proposed program? Any additional staff resources required to run the BSW Degree Completion Program will be arranged and resourced through the allocation of revenues generated. GA/TAs What additional GA/TA resources (including GA/TA resources required by all affected areas/departments) are Page 9 of 16

10 required to run the proposed program? No new resources are required. Library What additional library resources (including library resources required by all affected areas/departments) are required to run the proposed program? No new resources are required. Teaching and Learning Support What additional teaching and learning support resources (including teaching and learning support resources required by all affected areas/departments) are required to run the proposed program? The development of additional distance education courses may necessitate faculty relying upon the Centre for Teaching and Learning for consultation on development and delivery of such courses. This consultation should not place undo demand upon CTL, but rather contribute to the Univeristy of Windsor s attempts to expand the repertoire of courses available through distance education. Student Support Services What additional student support services are required to run the proposed program? No additional student support services will be required other than those negotiated through direct negotiation with Sheridan College for on-site availability to be resourced from the revenue generated. Space and Facilities What additional space and facility resources (including space and facilities resources required by all affected areas/departments) are required to run the proposed program? No additional space or facility resources will be required other than those negotiated directly with Sheridan College for on-site availability to be resourced from the revenue generated. Equipment What additional equipment (including equipment resources required by all affected areas/departments) is required to run the proposed program? No additional equipment resources will be required other than those negotiated directly with Sheridan College for on-site availability to be resourced from the revenue generated Consistency with Five Year Plan Are the resources requested consistent with the resources requested in, and the focus of, the area s Faculty Five Year Plan? Since this BSW Degree Completion Program is designed to be a net revenue generator for the Univeristy of Windsor it would be consistent with existing Five Year Plans and undoubtedly with the new Strategic Plan being developed. LEARNING OUTCOMES Please complete the following table. State the specific learning outcomes that make up the goal of the program (what are the intended skills and qualities of graduates of this program?), and link the learning outcomes to the Characteristics of a University of Windsor Graduate outlined in To Greater Heights by listing them in the appropriate rows. Please note that a learning outcome may link to more than one of the specified Characteristics of a University of Windsor Graduate. Each University of Windsor program should produce graduates that are able to demonstrate each of the nine characteristics approved in To Greater Heights. Information on learning outcomes is appended to this form (Appendix A) or may be accessed by clicking Page 10 of 16

11 here. The information is also available in the Instructions and Approval Process Manual available on the PDC Website or through the Senate Office. Proposers are also strongly encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning for assistance with the articulation of learning outcomes. Program Learning Outcomes (see Appendix A for more on learning outcomes) At the end of this program, the successful student will know and be able to: A. Use critical thinking, open-mindedness, and curiosity to integrate knowledge, values, and skills to demonstrate basic knowledge of liberal arts and humanities, and to discuss theoretical concepts related to social work practice, including the ecological perspective (micro, mezzo, macro), the strengths perspective, and social construction. Apply a generalist model of social work practice to respond to the needs and challenges of individuals, small groups, families, organizations, and communities and societies, and compare multiple methods of intervention at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, from multiple perspectives of change, and those related to goal attainment. Recognize experiential learning through field education as a signature pedagogy for the profession. B. Describe Canadian social welfare, social policy, and social work from historical, socio/political, economic, and environmental contexts by critically assessing social work literature. Appraise multiple theoretical and conceptual explanations from various disciplines that explain human behaviour and development, social welfare, professional communication, and methods required for generalist social work practice. Demonstrate effective communication and interviewing skills, and explain basic concepts of research and data analysis. C. Use critical thinking, open-mindedness, and curiosity to integrate knowledge, values and skills to critically assess social work literature, and to compare multiple methods of intervention at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, from multiple perspectives of change, and those related to goal attainment. Characteristics of a University of Windsor Graduate A U of Windsor graduate will have the ability to demonstrate: A. the acquisition, application and integration of knowledge B. research skills, including the ability to define problems and access, retrieve and evaluate information (information literacy) C. critical thinking and problem-solving skills D. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of liberal arts and humanities. E. Distinguish the impact of diversity including, but not limited to geography, gender, aboriginal populations, Francophone populations, race, ethnicity, and culture, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation or identity, and apply methods to overcome structural barriers that marginalize or oppress vulnerable populations. D. literacy and numeracy skills E. responsible behaviour to self, others and society Page 11 of 16

12 Program Learning Outcomes (see Appendix A for more on learning outcomes) At the end of this program, the successful student will know and be able to: Employ social work values and ethics, including dignity and potential of all people, client self-determination, empowerment, confidentiality, professional competence, social justice and reciprocal sharing of knowledge with clients, and evaluate the effectiveness of practice intervention. F. Demonstrate effective communication and interviewing skills, and employ inter-professional collaboration and teamwork. G. Employ inter-professional collaboration and teamwork. H. Use critical thinking, open-mindedness, and curiosity to integrate knowledge, values, and skills. I. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, and self-awareness through self-reflection. Characteristics of a University of Windsor Graduate A U of Windsor graduate will have the ability to demonstrate: F. interpersonal and communications skills G. teamwork, and personal and group leadership skills H. creativity and aesthetic appreciation I. the ability and desire for continuous learning MONITORING AND EVALUATION How will the success of the program be monitored and evaluated? (include information to be gathered, method, criteria for evaluation, review process, and use of information to adjust activities/plan.) The coherence of the program and its ability to deliver the knowledge and skill sets required by its students will be monitored and evaluated through a number of mechanisms such as: Inclusion of this program as part of regular internal reviews in the School of Social Work Inclusion of the program in regular accreditation reviews for the School of Social Work Course evaluations Community liaison reports Establishment of an advisory committee comprised of representatives from the School of Social Work, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sheridan College and service organizations in the community. C. The Program Details Admission Requirements Please provide information on program specific admission requirements, selection criteria, arrangement for exemptions or special entry, credit transfer, etc. Completion of a Social Service Worker Diploma from Fleming College, with a minimum overall average of B (3.0). Eligibility for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Successful application to the BSW Degree Completion Program for Fleming Social Service Worker Diploma Graduates. This application process will be based upon the criteria used for application for admission to the professional years of the University of Windsor on campus BSW program, which includes a personal statement, three letters of reference and a brief work/volunteer resume. Selection of candidates for admission will be based on grades and other relevant criteria determined by the Social Work Admissions Committee. Page 12 of 16

13 Program Curriculum Structure/Program of Study Total courses: 25 (with no more than 7 courses at the 100-level) Major requirements: Major requirements (13 courses): , 47-2 (Sheridan-UWindsor bridging course), , 47-3 (Sheridan -UWindsor bridging course), 47-3 (new Generalist Social Work and Theory Practice), 47-3 (current ), 47-4 (current ), 47-4 (new option), 47-4 (integration seminar), , 462, 463, 464 (Field Education II). Other requirements: Other requirements: (a) 2 Arts courses ( &151 or equivalent) (b) 2 Science courses (c) (or a social work equivalent) (d) Six Social Science courses from one discipline (e) One elective at the level from any area of study Recommended options (if any): Standing Required for Continuation in Program GPA requirements for continuation in the program: these should be in-line with the regulations for standing required for continuation in the program as set out in the undergraduate and graduate web calendars [ Major average of B- Cumulative average of C+ Standing Required for Graduation Minimum GPA requirement to graduate in the program: these should be in-line with the regulations for standing required for continuation in the program as set out in the undergraduate and graduate web calendars [ Major average of B- Cumulative average of C+ Program Sequencing Provide program sequencing for each year of the program. Please ensure that all pre-requisites are met in the sequencing. Year 1 Spring One Science Two Social Science Electives Fall Winter (Current ) One Science course 47-3 (Sheridan -UWindsor bridging course) 1 Social Science course 1 Social Science course Sheridan /UW bridging course Page 13 of 16

14 Spring/Summer 47-3 (Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice) 47-3 (current ) 1 Social Science course Year 2 Fall 47-4 (current ) (new option) Winter 47-4 (integration seminar) 1 Social Science courses One elective from any area of study (Field Education II). Student Workload Provide information on the expected workload per course credit (3.0) of a student enrolled in this new program/major program change. Expected Workload per 3.0 Course Credit Average Time the Student is Expected to Devote to Each Component Over the Course of the Program Lectures 21 Tutorials Practical experience 35 Independent study 7 Reading and work for assessment, including 28 meeting classmates for group work/project assignments (essays, papers, projects, laboratory work, etc.) Studying for tests/examinations 14 Other: [specify] How does the student workload for this program compare with other similar programs in the department/program area? All of the BSW programs, at the University of Windsor, would have approximately the same breakdown. It is assumed that these would be roughly equivalent to all other BSW programs in the province, since basic content and hours of practical experience are all controlled by Canadian Association for Social Work Education accreditation standards. Page 14 of 16

15 FINAL CHECKLIST FOR PROPOSERS Having completed the program/course change proposal form, please complete the following table by marking an in the appropriate column. PRIMARY CRITERIA Yes No N/A Does the program or course tie into the University s Strategic Plan? Is the program or course Unique in Ontario? In Canada? In North America? Is there evidence that a market exists for this program or course (a) on-campus; and/or (b) off-campus? Does this program or course have income potential? (How many students would it generate?) Does this program or course address current issues? (e.g., double cohort, large-class problem, absence of upper-level on-line classes, etc.) Are there U of W courses which have been developed for flexible learning indicating either (a) partial development already exists, or (b) a degree of expertise exists? Are there departmental procedures in place for (a) course planning; (b) course development; and, (c) course delivery (Policy documents, Committees, Timelines, etc.)? Is there evidence of support from the Dean(s), AAU Head(s)/Director(s)/Chair(s) for this program? SECONDARY CRITERIA Yes No N/A Does the new program or course have partnership options (with other departments or faculties, or other universities)? Does the new program or course allow for staggering options (e.g., every other year, or Windsor one year and another site the following year)? Is the new program or course a complement to other Windsor flexible learning programs (will not interfere with other programs)? Is the new program or course a complement to other Windsor on-campus programs (will not interfere with other programs)? Does the department have the critical mass to undertake the program or course (a) sufficient interested and capable faculty; (b) academic support; and (c) TA/GA support? Are additional resources required: (a) faculty/staff/ga/ta; (b) equipment; (c) library; (d) IT support? Are there data on (a) incoming student demographics (profiles) that align with flexible learning (age, geographic location, employment, family responsibilities, etc.); and (b) technological profiles (hardware and software resources and skills)? Does the department have a plan regarding (a) marketing flexible learning courses; (b) the timely appointment of instructors; (c) technical support (CFL, Tutorials, TA/GAs, staff contact person, etc.); (d) intra-departmental communications (committees, policies); and (e) inter-department communications (committees)? Are there mechanisms and policies in place to address quality-control of (a) instruction; (b) materials (audio, video, PowerPoint, textual load, discussions and so on; and (c) learning (student assessment)? Page 15 of 16

16 Budget Summary Sheet Yearly base expenditures Amount Requested Faculty Requests: Staff/Technician Requests: GA/TA Requests: Facilities/Equipment: Other Operating Expenses (please specify): Total Yearly base expenses: One-Time Expenses Facilities: Equipment: Library Resources Requests: Total One-time expenses Total (One-time + Yearly base expenses): Costs related to use of technology/centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) resources: Page 16 of 16

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