MSW: Master of Social Work

West Chester University

West Chester Campus

Reynolds Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2664

PASSHE Center City

701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 267-386-3015

Assessment Outcomes

In accord with the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education, the WCU MSW Program measures and reports student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of 10 core competencies, representing dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to master during their professional training:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

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. Student learning in the MSW Program is assessed using a benchmark grade of 85 percent on all key indicator assignments.

To assist the CSWE Commission on Accreditation (COA) in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the Accreditation Standards listed below, the MSW Program publishes competency benchmark information for each core competency.

Educational Policy 4.0 - Assessment

  • 4.0.2 The program provides evidence of ongoing data collection and analysis and discusses how it uses assessment data to affirm and/or make changes in the explicit and implicit curriculum to enhance student performance.
  • 4.0.5 The program appends the summary data for each measure used to assess the attainment of each competency for at least one academic year prior to the submission of the self-study (CSWE, 2008).

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Year 2011-2012

Advanced Practice with Individuals,
Families & Communities
Identify as a Professional Social Worker 85% 97.88%
Apply Ethical Principles 85% 97.83%
Apply Critical Thinking 85% 95.38%
Engage Diversity in Practice 85% 98.28%
Advance Human Rights/ Social and Economic Justice 85% 96.00%
Engage Research Informed Practice/ Practice Informed Research 85% 94.50%
Human Behavior Knowledge 85% 93.00%
Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well-Being and Deliver Services 85% 99.00%
Respond to Practice Contexts 85% 88.50%
Practice Engagement 85% 99.00%
Practice Assessment 85% 98.88%
Practice Intervention 85% 94.75%