BSW Assessment Report

Analysis of Data for 2018-2019 Academic Year


Assessment Measures Employed

Performance on each of the competencies are evaluated using assessments from key classes. Course instructors evaluate their students’ performance using grading rubrics. Student competency level is also measured by field instructors in the students’ 450 hour senior field practicum using the Social Work Expectation Assessment Project’s Field Placement/Practicum Assessment Instrument (SWEAP FPPAI; see appendix). At the beginning of each semester, field supervisors and students select specific tasks as part of the individualized learning contracts to ensure adequate practice across all dimensions of knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive and affective processes. Upon completion of the second semester senior field experience, field supervisors complete the SWEAP FPPAI for each student under their supervision using the agreed upon tasks as a guide for competency. Ratings are scored as: 1=Lacking Performance, 2=Inadequate Performance, 3=Competent Performance, 4=Superior Performance, 5=Mastered Performance. Scores across the behaviors for all students in completing the program are aggregated and averaged to determine the percentage of students scoring competent or better. For Measure 2, 80% of students must score an average of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the SWEAP FPPAI, according to Field Instructor evaluations.

Assessment Findings

Miami University's Undergraduate Program in Social Work (BSW) successfully met or exceeded the benchmark for all nine of the CSWE core competencies for social work education. Our benchmark was that at least 80 percent of students would earn 80 percent or better on all nine competencies, as measured by course embedded and field placement assignments. Findings indicate that students tend to excel in competencies related to ethical and professional behavior, diversity, human rights, social and economic rights, advocacy, policy and intervention. The percentage of students meeting the 80% benchmark increased for seven of the nine competencies, and remained the same for one competency. It is important to note these ratings reflect different students at different points of their educational experience and knowledge.

Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Competency Competency Benchmark Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80%


Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% 99%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% 99%
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% 95%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 100%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 93%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 95%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 98%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 93%


Licensure Exam Pass Rate

In 2018, the most recent data, the Miami University pass rate was 74% for the persons taking the exam the first time; a pass rate above the average for North America (69%). The pass rates for the Miami University undergraduate social work program have consistently been above the averages for North America. It is important to take into consideration the total number of people taking the exam; in 2018, this was 31 students (23 who passed and 8 who failed the exam during their first attempt).

First-Time Pass Rate
Year Miami Pass Rate North America Average
2018 74% 69%
2017 81% 78%
2016 85% 77%
2015 86% 71%
2014 74% 71%