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Program Mission, Goals, Competencies, and Benchmarks

MSW Mission

The mission of the Rutgers University School of Social Work MSW program is to advance competent, ethical, evidence-based and community and critically-informed master’s level social work practice that promotes social and economic justice and strengthens individual, family, and community well-being with an understanding of diversity in local, national and global contexts.

MSW Program Goals 

  • The MSW program will prepare master’s level practitioners for ethical, evidence-based and critically-informed social work practice that promotes social justice, engages diversity and difference, and strengthens individuals, families and communities in local, national and global contexts.
  • The MSW program will design and deliver an innovative, rigorous competency-based social work curriculum rooted in a liberal arts tradition and person-in-environment framework that continuously incorporates state of the art social work knowledge, prepares practitioners to employ multiple evidence-informed prevention and intervention methods at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, and responds to emergent social problems and community, professional and labor force needs.
  • The MSW program will offer flexible program options that best serve a diverse student body and reflect and contribute to 21st century educational practices and advancements.
  • The MSW program will establish partnerships with a broad variety of social service agencies to educate and train students though field work while respecting and contributing to the agency’s mission and function.

MSW Program-Level Learning Goals/CSWE Competencies

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 MSW program has adopted the nine CSWE Social Work Competencies outlined in the EPAS MSW as program-level learning goals. MSW 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

In addition, 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.

MSW program mission and goals are aligned with the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set forth by the Council on Social Work and Education (CSWE).  These competencies differ by the Generalist and Specialist (CSW and MAP) years and are available in the PDF's below:

2015 Generalist (BA in Social Work and MSW) Competencies

2015 Clinical Social Work (CSW) Competencies

2015 Management and Policy (MAP) Competencies

Benchmarks

Masters of Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Last Completed for the 2018-19 Academic Year

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 evidence of ongoing data collection and analysis and discusses how it uses assessment data to affirm and/or make changes in the explicit and implicit curriculum to enhance student performance

4.0. 5     The program appends the summary data for each measure used to assess the attainment of each competency for at least one academic year prior to the submission of the self-study.

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. 

COMPETENCY: TRADITIONAL PROGRAM  NEW BRUNSWICK

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Generalist

Clinical Social Work

Management

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

82%

97

98

100

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

82%

99

99

100

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

82%

99

99

100

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

82%

98

98

95

Engage in Policy Practice

82%

99

99

98

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

82%

98

99

100

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

82%

97

99

100

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

82%

98

99

100

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

82%

97

99

98

 

COMPETENCY: TRADITIONAL PROGRAM CAMDEN

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Generalist

Clinical Social Work

Management

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

82%

98

98

99

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

82%

100

97

100

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

82%

99

98

98

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

82%

96

99

98

Engage in Policy Practice

82%

100

99

96

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

82%

97

97

99

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

82%

98

97

99

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

82%

100

97

99

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

82%

98

99

98

 

COMPETENCY: TRADITIONAL PROGRAM NEWARK

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Generalist

Clinical Social Work

Management

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

82%

99

99

100

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

82%

99

99

100

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

82%

95

99

100

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

82%

98

97

97

Engage in Policy Practice

82%

92

100

100

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

82%

98

99

100

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

82%

98

99

100

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

82%

98

99

100

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

82%

98

98

100

 

COMPETENCY: BLENDED PROGRAM

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Generalist

Clinical Social Work

Management

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

82%

97

100

100

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

82%

100

100

100

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

82%

100

100

100

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

82%

95

99

100

Engage in Policy Practice

82%

100

100

100

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

82%

95

100

100

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

82%

95

100

100

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

82%

95

100

100

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

82%

95

98

100

 

COMPETENCY:  FULLY ONLINE PROGRAM

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Generalist

Clinical Social Work

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

82%

98

99

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

82%

99

99

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

82%

99

99

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

82%

95

96

Engage in Policy Practice

82%

99

99

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

82%

98

98

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

82%

98

98

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

82%

98

98

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

82%

96

98

 

COMPETENCY:  INTENSTIVE WEEKEND PROGRAM

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Generalist

Clinical Social Work

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

82%

98

98

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

82%

100

98

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

82%

99

100

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

82%

100

99

Engage in Policy Practice

82%

99

100

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

82%

98

99

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

82%

97

99

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

82%

97

100

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

82%

100

100

 

COMPETENCY: AGGREGATE OF PROGRAM OPTIONS

COMPETENCY BENCHMARK

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK

Generalist

Clinical Social Work

Management

Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

82%

99%

99%

100%

Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

82%

100%

100%

99%

Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

82%

99%

100%

99%

Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

82%

98%

99%

98%

Engage in Policy Practice

82%

99%

100%

99%

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

82%

98%

99%

100%

Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

82%

98%

99%

100%

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

82%

98%

99%

100%

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

82%

96%

99%

99%

Combined MSW Benchmarks 2014-15

Combined MSW Benchmarks 2015-16

Combined MSW Benchmarks 2016-17

Combined MSW Benchmarks 2017-18

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