Social Work Program assessment is carried out by an Assessment Committee that includes CSU Social Work Department faculty and students. Findings produced from assessment activities identify how the Program is achieving its goals. The faculty utilizes these findings to evaluate strengths and challenges of the Program, and to guide program improvements. Assessment findings are also used to demonstrate the Program’s progress, effectiveness, and impact to two accrediting bodies: the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Masters Social Work Program was initially accredited by CSWE in 2002, and was reaffirmed in 2007 for 8 years. The program is scheduled for re-affirmation from CSWE in 2015. The Social Work Program has an annual assessment schedule, which ensures that relevant findings are produced, and that they are utilized in effecting program changes. Assessment tools, representing our current best efforts to demonstrate achievement of program objectives, include surveys, pre-post tests for required courses, trend data, alumni and impact surveys, course grades and course evaluations, and informal focus groups.