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Program Assessment and Continuous Improvement Plan

The documents below are used to assist the accrediting agencies in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the COA accreditation standards
4.0.2 The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.
4.0.4 The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) these postings

  • All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes.
  • Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education.
  • These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.
  • A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency.
    • This is reported on the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes form.
      • An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
      • At Indiana State University we used a high standard – 80% to measure competency.
      • The Indiana State University Department of Social Work also uses these benchmarks to inform and improve our program.
    • We will be piloting a new system for student achievement outcomes over the next year, with a revised set of benchmarks.
    • We will have this system in place for the next evaluation.
    • We continue to use this information to inform on changes that need to be made to improve the social work curricula and to assist our students in developing the mastery they need as professional social workers.

Program Assessment and Continuous Improvement Plan