Assessment Results

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes & School Culture and Climate

Programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education must measure and report on student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of competencies that reflect critical dimensions of social work practice.

Master's Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 2017-2018: Part-Time Online Program

Competency Competency Benchmark (Generalist) Competency Benchmark (Advanced Practice) Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
 

 

 

Generalist Practice (N=19)

Advanced Year (N=21)
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

90%

90%

91

100
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 90% 90% 96 97
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

90%

90%

96

100
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

90%

90%

80

97
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

90%

90%

89

95

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

90% 90% 62 97
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 90 100
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 62 95
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 88 98

Master's Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 2017-2018: MSW Program

Competency

Competency Benchmark (Generalist) Competency Benchmark (Advanced Practice) Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
      Generalist Practice (N=131) Advanced Year (N=185)
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

90%

90%

89

97
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

90%

90%

90

98
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

90%

90%

90

97
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

90%

90%

90

89
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

90%

90%

89

88
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

90%

90%

84

98
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 86 97
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 83 97
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% 90% 85 98

Master's Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 2017-2018: Part Time Advanced Standing Online Program

Competency Competency Benchmark (Generalist) Competency Benchmark (Advanced Practice) Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
      Generalist Practice (N=0) Advanced Year (N=11)
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior   90% - 100
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice   90% - 96

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

  90% - 96
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice   90% - 94
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice   90% - 94
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities   90% - 96
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities   90% - 96
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities   90% - 96
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities   90% - 96

Student Assessment of School Culture and Climate 2017-2018

At the end of each academic year, the UBSSW surveys all MSW students to assess students’ perceptions of dimensions of the school’s culture and climate, such as the classroom environment, support for diverse groups of students, and opportunities for students.

Opportunities for Students

 

2018

(N = 284)

% Agree

 

2017

(N = 321)

% Agree

 

School provides continued professional development

92

87

Used academic advisor/another faculty member as a resource 53 ---

Used advisor as a resource (2017 question)

---

38

Found advisor helpful (2017)

---

64

Found other faculty helpful for academic advising (2017)

---

80

School facilitates continued academic success

91

91

Got choice of course, not necessarily of instructor

85

89

Received opportunities to participate in student- run groups

84

82

Received field placement in an area of interest

77

82

Students able to organize around an issue

86

88

Informed about workshops/conferences to gain additional skills

95

95

Resources provided for academic achievement

92

92

Sufficient choice given to select advanced year field placement

71

75

Opportunities to collaborate with faculty on projects available

64

68

Explored self-care materials provided on school’s website

77

74

Self-reported participation in the mentoring program

19

14

Classroom Environment

2018

(N = 284)

% Agree

2017

(N = 321)

% Agree

Classroom environment conducive to open questioning, dialogue

92

95

Fair evaluation criteria for performance in classrooms

88

94

Classroom environment respects diversity, difference

95

98

Encouragement to express diverse opinions provided

83

89.2

Faculty expectations and deadlines reasonable in classroom

88

90

Students’ encouraged to understand others’ perspectives

94

94

Students respected though ideas may be challenged in classrooms

90

94

Students encouraged to seek alternative perspectives

84

90

School Climate for Diverse Populations

2018

(N = 284)

% Agree 

2017

(N = 321)

% Agree

SSW environment is supportive of students of color

95

92

SSW environment is supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual students

99

95

SSW environment is supportive of transgender students

95

95

SSW environment is supportive of immigrants/refugee students

---

96

SSW environment is supportive of immigrant students 97 ---
SSW environment is supportive of refugee/asylee students 96 ---
SSW environment is supportive of international students 96 ---

SSW environment is supportive of diverse religious, spiritual traditions

91

94

SSW environment is supportive of students with disabilities

92

93

SSW environment is supportive of students who are veterans

97

97

SSW environment is supportive of students raising children

79

79

Communication

2018

(N = 284)

% Agree 

2017

(N = 321)

% Agree

Faculty model SW values, ethics

93

94

Able to have open communication with professors

90

90

Respectful treatment from administrators/staff

91

90

Professors respond in reasonable period of time

88

87

Respectful treatment from faculty

93

95

Professors responsive towards student feedback

93

94

Administrators/staff model SW values, ethics

92

91

Administrators respond in reasonable period of time

88

93

Administrators responsive towards student feedback

89

93

Feel safe in faculty offices

98

98

Overall Experience

2018

(N = 284)

% Agree 

2017

(N = 321)

% Agree

Proud to be an SSW member

94

97

Recommend SSW to friend 93 93
Gone hungry because no money for food in spring semester N=4 N=39
Was homeless at any point during spring semester N=2 N=6

* % Agree inclusive of % Agree; % Strongly Agree.

Pass Rates for LMSW and LCSW Exams 2016 and 2017

Each year, the New York State Office of the State Board for Social Work distributes, to all the social work programs in NYS, the licensure pass rates of graduates of NY’s social work programs. These are the licensure rates of first-time test takers.

LMSW Examination

Year

University at Buffalo

New York State

North American

2017 (n=195)

89%

78%

81%

2016 (n=152)

88%

80%

81%

LCSW Examination

Year

University at Buffalo

New York State

North American

2017 (n=73)

89%

80%

78%

2016 (n=74)

82%

82%

78%