social work

This poster describes the effort of the Ph.D. Committee in Social Welfare in investigating and improving students’ performance in the qualifying exam. Motivated by an analysis of students’ (cohorts Fall 2010 – 2014) pass rate, faculty reviewed the exam questions, analyzed the course syllabi and exam questions. The committee changed the exam timeline and revised the exam questions so that the exam better reflected the curriculum.

Improving Qualifying Exam Performance—From Assessment Data to Curriculum Alignment

This poster describes the effort of the Ph.D. Committee in Social Welfare in investigating and improving students’ performance …

Alumni and Employer Surveys for Program Improvement

This workshop shows how programs can conduct alumni and employer surveys for improvement. For the last 2 years, …

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (SW) PhD program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa currently has 16 students and 10 graduate faculty members. Developing and implementing sustainable PhD assessment plans are necessary to reflect student learning and curriculum improvements. Articulating the PhD program rubrics into a program-level assessment plan is imperative. The SW PhD program has developed seven Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), assessable outcomes, and a curriculum map. In Fall of 2015, the PhD program committee revisited the SLOs and made revisions in alignment with the sustainable assessment plan for the program as a foundational step for creating program rubrics. The committee developed program rubrics for benchmarks—(a) specialization, (b) comprehensive examination (i.e., dissertation proposal), and (c) final exam (i.e., dissertation defense)—that are tied to the SLOs. The committee began collecting data using developed rubrics in Spring 2016 as a pilot to gain additional clarity on the rubrics in order to make them efficient and manageable as key parts of PhD program curriculum. During the process of developing the rubrics, the PhD committee collaborated to facilitate the assessment planning process. During this assessment process, the committee has utilized existing materials and sources, such as student products (e.g., dissertation proposal), evaluation criteria (e.g., dissertation evaluation), yearly advising sessions, and student reviews materials. This poster presents the strategies utilized in the pilot project as well as lessons learned through the project.

Articulating Social Work PhD program rubrics into a sustainable assessment

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (SW) PhD program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa …

The School of Social work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa consists of three programs – BSW, MSW, & PhD with 23 full time Instructional and Specialist faculty. Thirteen of the 23 faculty have 50% or more of their time designated to teaching. Classroom Instruction is also provided by adjunct faculty who are vetted through a review process to assure their credentials meet the requirements to teach a specific course. The BSW and MSW programs are both accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) that uses the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) to guide curriculum that supports academic excellence towards professional mastery. The curriculum is based on 10 Core Competencies, the student learning outcomes, that are operationalized through practice behaviors (PBs) for both the BSW and MSW foundation curricula, and advance practice behaviors (APBs) for the MSW concentration curriculum in the advanced year. As a mandate of accreditation, a bi-annual assessment summary is posted on our website showing the degree to which our students have progressed toward mastery of the 10 Core Competencies (SLOs). This poster presents these SLOs, a sample of an assessment instrument which was developed to gather evidence from three relevant but different data sources (e.g., classroom instructors, field instructors, and students), and sample assignments for the BSW and MSW programs.

(Un)common core competencies

The School of Social work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa consists of three programs – BSW, …

Assessment Tools for Affirmation and Improvement

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work -Approximately 20 students graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Social …

This project was to increase the learning and the assessment capabilities in two core Child and Family courses.

Strengthening the Child and Family Specialization Curriculum through Developing Standard, Explicit, and Sustainable Assessments and Outcomes

This project was to increase the learning and the assessment capabilities in two core Child and Family courses. By …