West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Student performance in field practicum is evaluated through a variety of measures designed to be supportive and collaborative. Both the field instructor and the faculty field liaison contribute to the student’s evaluation process.
The field instructor uses the following for evaluation purposes:
The faculty field liaison uses the following for evaluation purposes:
The faculty field liaison has sole responsibility for grading student performance in field practicum. While s/he may rely on insight from the field instructor, the grade is ultimately the decision of the faculty field liaison in accordance with the course syllabus.
Most students are prepared to enter field practicum. Some students' personal issues and behaviors, such as extreme anxiety and inability to pay attention to others, may demonstrate a lack of readiness for field. In these cases the director of field education and the student’s faculty advisor may recommend that the student consider part-time status, volunteer, or seek outside counseling to focus on self-care.
In some cases, a student’s readiness for field is not apparent until the student is in a field practicum. In some of these cases, the student is unable to meet the expectations of the practicum and is dismissed. In other instances the student realizes that s/he is not ready for a certain field practicum.
When a student is dismissed from a field practicum or asks to be replaced, the student is required to respond to a set of reflection questions before the director of field education will meet with the student to consider a change in placement.
If the director decides a different placement is appropriate, the student may be placed in a second practicum. If the student is not able to meet expectations at the second site, the student most likely will be advised to take a leave of absence, engage in remedial work to better prepare for field, or consider another field of study.
The University's Academic Integrity Policy states, “Under some circumstances, if a student is found to have violated that professional code, that violation may be considered a breach of the Academic Integrity Policy.” Therefore, any student who is dismissed from a field placement for violation of the NASW Code of Ethics may be found in violation of university policy and terminated from the program.
Students who have concerns about field such as practicum assignment, conditions of placement, quality or frequency of supervision, educational needs, evaluation, grading, social work values and ethics, or any other related issue should:
If the problem is still not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, the field instructor and/or the faculty field liaison, the student may request a meeting with the director of field education. The director may serve as a mediator between the liaison, student and field instructor or site representative as requested. When the grievance involves an educational issue, the director of field education may refer the matter to program director for discussion and a decision.
If the issue is still not solved to the student's satisfaction, a final appeal may be directed to the program director. If the issue is in regard to an assigned grade, the student must follow the appeal procedure as stated in the West Chester University Graduate Catalog.