Student learning outcomes: Social Work (BSW)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills, communication skills, technological skills, data collection and analysis skills, and interpersonal skills necessary for social work practice.

  • Students graduating with the BSW will apply critical thinking to inform practice and professional judgments.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for practice
  • Students graduating with the BSW will demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to engage with clients in a practice setting.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will provide appropriate, meaningful, ethical and culturally relevant interventions with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will use research evidence to inform practice and will connect practice experience to scientific inquiry.

Students will demonstrate cultural maturity, respect for difference, and understanding of the impact of oppression

  • Students graduating with the BSW will provide accurate assessments of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will provide culturally sensitive and effective practice with diverse populations.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will work within the professional framework to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice

Students will demonstrate professionalism in terms of professional identity, commitment to social work's core values, and behaviors.

  • Students graduating with the BSW will demonstrate professionalism in behavior and communication.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will engage in ethical decision making and ethical conduct across practice settings.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will work within the professional framework to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice

Students will display competence in providing assessments, interventions, and evaluations for generalist social work practice at the policy, individual, family, group, community and societal levels. Students will practice within a proactive framework and will base assessments and interventions according to changing systems, knowledge, and policies.

  • Students graduating with the BSW conduct accurate and ethical evaluation of their practice.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will apply theories and knowledge of human development and human behavior and the social environment to practice settings.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will engage in policy development and analysis necessary for effective social work services.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will provide accurate assessments of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will provide appropriate, meaningful, ethical and culturally relevant interventions with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Students graduating with the BSW will use research evidence to inform practice and will connect practice experience to scientific inquiry.


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