Social Work

Mission Statement

The purpose of the social work program is to promote the development of the student as an effective social work practitioner. A generalist approach to social work intervention emphasizes a solution-focused problem-solving relationship model and reflects a variable client system focus. The primary objective of the social work program is to prepare students for beginning professional social work practice. Recognizing the diversity of societal and geographic environments present in the region, the program strives to promote the professionalization of social services through quality education and community service. The knowledge base of the program focuses on understanding the transaction between the person and society. Appreciating the values of the profession guides the student in developing appropriate attitudes necessary to the helping relationship. Practice skills result from both classroom and field experience. Development of the student’s self-awareness as an individual and as a social person is a prerequisite to developing skills in the use of the self as an agent of change. A programmed schedule, which outlines the sequence of required courses and elective options, is available and should be reviewed with an advisor from the program.

Learning Outcomes

A student completing the Associate of Arts Concentration in Social Services will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts and principles of human behavior in a social environment.
  • Identify the system of resources available for social services.
  • Apply pre-professional problem-solving skill in a helping relationship.
  • Respond to clients in the context of the values and ethics of the social work profession.

The primary goal of the BSW program is to prepare students for beginning professional social work practice. A generalist perspective emphasizes a problem-solving relationship model, reflecting a variable client system focus and includes communities, organizations, small groups, families and individuals.

The successful BSW student will be able to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice- informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, plan, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Accreditation

Completion of the baccalaureate curriculum awards graduates the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students interested in the BSW program must complete prerequisites and submit a formal application for admission. Although completion of the Associate Degree in Social Services is not required as a prerequisite for admission to the BSW program, the associate degree curriculum serves as a base of pre-professional education for the BSW degree. Programmed scheduling permits the student to earn two degrees in four years, providing unique opportunities for development as a career professional.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

University of Rio Grande Baccalaureate Social Work Program

LAST COMPLETED ON August 1, 2021

Submitting Form AS 4 for Reaffirmation Self-Study & Candidacy Benchmarks
This form is used to assist the COA 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 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 Portfolio
Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Skills, Values
When/where students are assessed: During terms of field placement, once each 100 of 400 clock hours during Senior Field Seminar and Field P During terms of field placement, once each 100 of 400 clock hours (cumulative).
Who assessed student competence: Faculty field instructor; agency field task supervisor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: 70%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 85% of students
Assessment Measure #2: Agency Supervisor Evaluation
Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Skills
When/where students are assessed: End of clock hours for two developments sites; at mid (200) and final (400) for senior field placement
Who assessed student competence: Faculty field instructor, agency field task supervisor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: 70%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 85% of students
Assessment Measure #3: Foundation Curriculum Assessment Inventory – (SWEAP)
Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Values
When/where students are assessed:

Pre – within 1st 4 weeks of Intro SWK course

Post- during final term

Who assessed student competence: Standardized online instrument
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: 70%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 85%
Assessment Measure #4: Embedded Coursework Assignments
Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Values, Cognitive/Affective
When/where students are assessed: Once during academic year, 9 separate upper division courses
Who assessed student competence: Program Faculty
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: 70%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 85%

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

COMPETENCY COMPETENCY BENCHMARK PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK  
   

Program Option

(Main, F2F)

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 70% 100
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 70% 100
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 70% 100
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 70% 100
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 70% 100
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 70% 100
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 70% 100
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 70% 100
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 70% 100

 

LAST COMPLETED ON August 1, 2021

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Admission and Retention

The BSW program maintains selective admission policies and procedures. In addition to general university requirements, candidates for admission are directed to the Program Director for specific details. A minimum “C” grade in all identified coursework, i.e. social work, social and behavioral sciences, liberal arts foundation, is required to progress through the curriculum and for graduation from either the associate degree or baccalaureate program.

Formal admission requirements to the baccalaureate program include:

  1. Completion of the Liberal Arts Core Foundation, English and Communication Sequence, and MTH 21404.
  2. Completion of the Sophomore-level Field Experience (SWK 28902).
  3. A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.50 in foundation and social science coursework, and an overall G.P.A. of 2.25.
  4. Submission of a formal application and interview for admission to the professional social work program.

Retention in the baccalaureate social work program is dependent on the student’s satisfactory progress toward completing the degree requirements. The student is expected to acknowledge and acquire the specific values, standards, and ethics of the social work profession. A process of program probation or suspension will be pursued when a candidate demonstrates evidence of deficiency in the curriculum. Notification of due process and appeal rights is outlined in the Student Handbook. Other policies detailing program requirements and protocol are found in the Social Work Student Handbook. Formal and informal counseling session, advisor(s) conferences, developmental coursework, and career advising may address educational and professional concerns.

Coursework

All candidates for the Associate of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Social Work degree are required to complete the General Education Program, which provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. This perspective, enriched with concentrations in the social and behavioral sciences, broadens the understanding of the person-environment context of social work practice. Completion of the Liberal Arts core foundation is required when initiating coursework in either the Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) or Social Welfare Policy and Services (SWPS) sequences. The professional curriculum fosters proficiency and competence in eight foundation areas:

  • Social Work Values and Ethics
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Populations-At-Risk and Social and Economic Justice
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policies and Services
  • Social Work Practice
  • Research
  • Field Practicum

 

Field Instruction

Planning the series of four required terms of practica requires coordination with and the approval of the Field Placement Coordinator. The determination of the field placement site is the responsibility of the Field Placement Coordinator. Application for field placement requires evidence of auto liability insurance and health insurance. A specific health and immunization screening is required. A course fee is assigned to all practica for professional liability insurance. No student with a deficient academic record will be assigned a field placement. Other policies regulating field instruction are detailed in the Field Practicum Manual.

Baccalaureate candidates are required to complete a sequence of three practice experiences (four terms) in approved agency settings. The series includes:

Planning the series of four required terms of practice requires coordination with and the approval of the Director of Field Placement.

Social Work Licensure (State of Ohio)

Persons using the title of “social worker” or persons performing social work in the State of Ohio must be licensed by the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Candidates for Licensure must have at least a bachelor degree in social work, achieve a passing score on the appropriate ASWB national examination, and submit an application. The Ohio Revised Code requires the Board to make inquiry regarding criminal convictions or previous professional behavior, which may result in misdemeanor charges causing action against a license/certificate. A successful application yields a license to practice social work as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW).

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Social Work (3141)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology4
HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II3
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
POL 11103 (TM) American National Government3
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology3
Total General Education hours38

Associate of Arts – Social Services (3120)

 

An Associate of Arts Degree Program with a Concentration in Social Services may be earned in two years. Admission to the Associate Degree in Social Services pre-professional program is open, and its completion is not required as a prerequisite for admission to the baccalaureate program. Students must demonstrate and maintain satisfactory progress (a minimum “C” grade) in required coursework to graduate. This course of study serves as a base of preprofessional education for the social services. Graduates of the associate degree program are not guaranteed admission to the baccalaureate Social Work Program. The curriculum in Social Services is administered by the faculty of the social work program as follows:

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology4
HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II3
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
POL 11103 (TM) American National Government3
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology3
Total General Education hours38

DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses:
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology3
SOC 24103 Minority Groups3
SOC 25103 Social Problems3
SWK 21103 Introduction to Social Work3
SWK 22103 Human Behavior and Social Environment I3
SWK 23103 Social Welfare Institutions3
SWK 24103 Fundamentals of Generalist Practice3
SWK 24203 Interviewing Skills3
SWK 25101 Group Supervision1
SWK 28901-02 Social Work Field Observation and Reporting2
Total major area hours27
Total hours needed to graduate65

 

 

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