Student Learning Outcomes

The Council on Social Work Education requires all programs to 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 which 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. (CSWE Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes, 2015).

Form 4.0.3 (M) is used to report the most recent assessment outcomes to constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) these postings.

The Smith College School for Social Work Master's Program set its benchmark at 90% of all students meeting these core competencies. The percentage of students achieving these competencies surpasses the benchmark.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 2019-2020:
Student Outcomes, Form 4.0.3 (M)

Last Completed May 30, 2020

Competency Competency Benchmark Competency Benchmark
Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark -
Clinical Concentration
4.0.3 Student Outcomes 2019-20     Generalist
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 90% 90% 99.48% 100%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 90% 90% 99.48% 99.6%
Competency 3: Advance Human rights and Social, Economic and Environmental Justice 90% 90% 98.97% 99.6%
Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 90% 90% 99.5% 100%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 90% 90% 95.58% 98.48%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 99.32% 100%
Competency 7: Assess Individual, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 98.95% 100%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities 90% 90% 98.96% 100%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 98.96% 100%
 *Note: while the majority of Generalist courses are taken first year, there are some Generalist courses taken second year; in those cases, the appropriate n size was utilized.