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BA in Social Work Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives

The mission of the overall program emphasizes building solutions to social problems and strengthening individuals, families, and community well-being.  Consistent with the mission of the School of Social Work, the goals of the BA in Social Work program are to prepare students to empower individuals, families and communities within a variety of agency and community settings in the state of New Jersey and beyond. Students in the BA in Social Work program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and values associated with the social work profession to serve various populations with a specific focus on underserved, marginalized, and oppressed groups.  Upon graduation students will be adept at the use of the generalist intervention model and proficient in the skills of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. 

In 2016, the School of Social Work adopted three new school-wide learning goals:  

Upon graduation, all students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior;
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice;
  • Engage, Assess, and Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.

BA in Social Work Program Goals

Consistent with the mission of the School of Social Work, the goals of the BA in Social Work program are to prepare students for foundation level practice within a variety of agency and community settings and with diverse populations, including vulnerable groups, in the State of New Jersey and elsewhere:

  • Preparation of entry-level social work practitioners who serve effectively in a variety of capacities, particularly within the complex metropolitan context of social work practice in New Jersey.
  • Preparation of practitioners sensitive to the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural composition of the State and the region who work with a range of client systems to meet the needs of citizens and communities.
  • Provision of a high-quality educational experience through a curriculum grounded in a liberal arts perspective and centered on the professional foundation content designed to prepare entry-level professionals for beginning social work practice with client systems of various size and types.
  • Education of students who understand and use social work knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors throughout their professional practice.
  • Graduation of students prepared to continue their professional education, including pursuit of master’s degree programs in social work.

CSWE Competencies/Program-Level Learning Goals

Through engagement with the program, students gain understanding in the dimensions of knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors as prescribed in the 2015 Council on Social Work (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The BA in Social Work program has adopted the nine CSWE Social Work Competencies outlined in the EPAS BA in Social Work as program-level learning goals. BA in Social Work students will learn to;

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

Competency Benchmarks

Baccalaureate Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Last Completed for the 2017-18 Academic Year

COMPETENCY

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

New Brunswick

Camden

Mays Landing

Aggregate of All Program Options

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

80%

99.5 %

99.5%

100%

100%

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

80%

96%

98.5%

100%

99%

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

80%

99%

99.5%

100%

99%

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

80%

96%

95%

75%

96%

Engage in Policy Practice

80%

98.75%

99%

95%

98%

Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

80%

99%

100%

100%

99%

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

80%

99%

100%

100%

99%

Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

80%

98%

99.5%

100%

99%

Evaluate Practice With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

80%

96.25%

92.5%

50%

96%

Form AS4 (B) Duplicate and expand as needed.  Provide table(s) to support self -study narrative addressing the accreditation standards below.

This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards below:

4.0.2 The program provides its most recent year of summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of the identified competencies, specifying the percentage of students achieving program benchmarks for each program option.

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 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. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. 

2014-15 BA in Social Work Competency Benchmarks

2015-16 BA in Social Work Competency Benchmarks

2016-17 BA in Social Work Competency Benchmarks

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