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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.

Foundation Field Competency Data 2015-2016

The following foundation and advanced year field education competency assessments were completed by students' field educators for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Foundation Field Competency Data 2015-2016

(N =182)

Competence or Higher

Emerging Competence

Insufficient Progress

Identify as a professional social worker, conduct oneself accordingly, and apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

93%

6%

1%

Engage diversity and difference in practice to advance human rights and social and economic justice

93%

7%

0%

Apply appropriate engagement skills (with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities)

93%

6%

1%

Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services

92%

8%

0%

Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

92%

8%

0%

Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments to assess, intervene and evaluate individuals, families, organizations and communities

92%

8%

0%

Advanced Field Competency Data 2015-2016

Advanced Field Competency Data 2015-2016

(N = 190)

Competence or Higher Emerging Competence Insufficient Progress

Identify as a professional social worker, conduct oneself accordingly, and apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

95%

4%

1%

Engage diversity and difference in practice to advance human rights and social and economic justice

93%

7%

0%

Apply appropriate engagement skills (with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities)

94%

6%

0%

Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services

94%

6%

0%

Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

94%

6%

0%

Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments to assess, intervene and evaluate individuals, families, organizations and communities

94%

6%

0%

Student Assessment of School Culture and Climate 2015-2016

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

 

2016

(N = 274)

% Agree

 

2015

(N = 227)

% Agree

 

School provides continued professional development

90

88

Used advisor as resource

40

30

Found advisor helpful

65

66

Found other faculty helpful for academic advising

76

79

School facilitates continued academic success

86

88

Got choice of course, not necessarily of instructor

88

87

Received opportunities to participate in student- run groups

82

83

Received field placement in an area of interest

77

84

Students able to organize around an issue

82

83

Informed about workshops/conferences to gain additional skills

98

96

Resources provided for academic achievement

88

87

Sufficient choice given to select advanced year field placement

76

77

Opportunities to collaborate with faculty on projects available

66

63

Explored self-care materials provided on school’s website

69

82

Self-reported participation in the mentoring program

17

23

Classroom Environment

2016

(N = 274)

% Agree

2015

(N = 227)

% Agree

Classroom environment conducive to open questioning, dialogue

92

91

Fair evaluation criteria for performance in classrooms

90

87

SSW environment respects diversity, difference

93

89

Encouragement to express diverse opinions provided

83

82

Faculty expectations and deadlines reasonable in classroom

88

87

Students’ encouraged to understand others’ perspectives

94

96

Students respected though ideas maybe challenged in classrooms

92

84

Students encouraged to seek alternative perspectives

84

86

School Climate for Diverse Populations

2016

(N = 274)

% Agree 

2015

(N = 227)

% Agree

SSW environment is supportive of students of color

90

96

SSW environment  is supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual students

94

98

SSW environment  is supportive of  transgender students

91

95

SSW environment supportive of students who are immigrants, refugees, asylees, or international students.

93

94

SSW environment  is supportive of  diverse religious, spiritual traditions

85

90

SSW environment  is supportive of  students with disabilities

89

96

SSW environment  is supportive of  students who are veterans

93

97

SSW environment  is supportive of  students raising children

68

79

Communication

2016

(N = 274)

% Agree 

2015

(N = 227)

% Agree

Faculty model SW values, ethics

90

88

Able to have open communication with professors

93

87

Respectful treatment from administrators/staff

90

92

Professors respond in reasonable period of time

89

85

Respectful treatment from faculty

95

93

Professors responsive towards student feedback

93

88

Administrators/staff model SW values, ethics

85

92

Administrators respond in reasonable period of time

86

88

Administrators responsive towards student feedback

84

90

Feel safe in faculty offices

98

95

Overall Experience

2016

(N = 274)

% Agree 

2015

(N = 227)

% Agree

Proud to be an SSW member

93

94

* % Agree inclusive of % Agree; % Strongly Agree: % Helpful, % Very Helpful.

Pass Rates for LMSW and LCSW Exams 2014 and 2015

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.

LMSW Examination

Year

University at Buffalo

New York State

North American

2015 (n=175)

86%

79%

81%

2014 (n=166)

88%

82%

82%

LCSW Examination

Year

University at Buffalo

New York State

North American

2015 (n=96)

84%

78%

76%

2014 (n=91)

84%

81%

78%