Council on Social Work Education Assessment of Learning Outcomes
The University of Maine School of Social Work takes its mission of preparing students for BSW and MSW practice very seriously. We are committed to the process of continual self-assessment, soliciting the participation of a variety of constituencies and using assessment findings to continually improve the program. Thus, the School is engaged in an ongoing process of program assessment and continuous improvement. All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the social work competencies which comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work program for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
The Assessment of MSW Student Learning Outcomes form is used to assist the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation in the evaluation of social work programs’ 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.
Results of National Social Work Licensing Exams
We also assess MSW student performance on national licensing exams. Over the past seven years, the University of Maine overall pass rates for the Licensed Master’s Social Worker Exam (taken upon graduation) was between 20 and 25 percent higher than the national average.
Over the past seven years, the University of Maine overall pass rates for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker exam (taken a minimum of 2 years post-graduation) was between 12 and 22 percent higher than the national average.