Social Work B.S.W. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the UNR School of Social Work is to prepare effective, ethical social work leaders and practitioners who "with a deep and abiding respect for cultural diversity and human strengths" challenge injustice and promote a more humane world through the development and delivery of evidenced-informed practices, policies, and programs. The mission of the BSW Program is to educate competent generalist social workers who challenge injustice and who are able to effectively and compassionately intervene at all system levels with diverse client groups.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Advocate for client access to the services of social work.
  • Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continued professional development.
  • Attend to professional roles and boundaries.
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication.
  • Engage in career-long learning.
  • Use supervision and consultation.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.
  • Make ethical decisions by applying standards of NASW Code of Ethics, and, as applicable, principles of the International Federation of Social Workers and the Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in SW, Statement of Principles.
  • Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts.
  • Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom.
  • Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power.
  • Gain sufficient self-awareness to recognize the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups.
  • Recognize, value, and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.
  • View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as experts of their own circumstances/lives.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.
  • Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry.
  • Use research evidence to inform practice.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
  • Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.
  • Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

10. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Use empathy and other interpersonal skills.
  • Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

11. Assess with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Collect, organize, and interpret client data.
  • Assess client strengths and limitations.
  • Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives.
  • Select appropriate intervention strategies.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

12. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals.
  • Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities.
  • Help clients resolve problems.
  • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients.
  • Facilitate transitions and endings.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.

13. Evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions.
Assessment Method
  • Supervisor will evaluate student's performance in the field practicum via a field evaluation form. Students will assess their own preparedness via a Retrospective Post then Pre Self-Efficacy Survey.