Unit: Social Work
Program: Social Work (BSW)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Oct 13, 2011 - 12:25:05 pm

1) Below are your program student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

Since our last report, the student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the BSW Program remain the same. SLOs specify seven key abilities (i.e., values/ethics, diversity, communication, application of theory to practice, critical thinking, professional use of self) which are core to students’ preparation for effective professional social work practice. Currently, all the SLOs (aka seven abilities or core competences) are addressed across the BSW curriculum and explicitly stated in master syllabi, as well as syllabi for all courses.  This provides a strong internal cohesiveness to the curriculum and is consistent with guidelines from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS 2008).

Beginning in Academic Year 2012 the Seven Abilities will be replaced by the Ten (10) Core Competencies as outlined in CSWE EPAS.  These competencies are:

  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 & 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.

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: www.hawaii.edu/sswork
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/bulletin.html
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Below is the link(s) to your program's curriculum map(s). If we do not have your curriculum map, please upload it as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) For the period June 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

The MBTSSW and the BSW Program have undergone many changes over the last year including key leadership positions; the Dean of the School, Program Chair and Assessment Committee Chair.  In light of these changes and as part of the push of new leadership the BSW Program began a thorough review of all SLO’s in every class.  This process began near the close of the spring 2011 semester and has continued into the 2012 academic year.  We are currently engaged in a dialogue designed to both create and answer critical assessment questions, such as,

How can the current EPAS (Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards) core competencies be tailored to fit the BSW program, while also attending to the unique nature of the program?  For example, it is critical that the Program maintains its “Hawaiian Place of Learning” focus while also meeting that accreditation standards.


1. To revise the SLOs for each class so that each reflects the most recent 2008 EPAS core competencies.

2. To infuse identified strategic priorities of the current school strategic planning process into any and all relevant classes.

3. To create and implement a review process by which to assess each of the newly revised SLOs by the end of the 2011 academic year.  (There are currently 10 EPAS standards that must be met.  One possible strategy is to select 2 or 3 standards for in-depth review each academic year). 

4. To create a curricular map reflecting the horizontal and vertical sequencing/integration of the BSW curriculum.

6) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #5.

a) Minutes from BSW Curriculum Committee meetings

b) Syllabi and practicum requirements

c) Sequence chair review

7) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

7-12 faculty members met regularly for the BSW Curriculum Committee meetings.  

All BSW faculty members submitted syllabi and/or practicum requirements which included SLOs.

8) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
Other: Sequence Chair

9) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)

10) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #5:
Summarize the actual results.

Please note that the current plan is based on the Academic Year 2011 to 2012 with reports and results to follow.  The Ten Core Competencies, as outlined in Question 1 will be implemented in Academic Year 2012.

11) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

SW BSW program will revise its core competencies based on newly created school’s mission and strategic plans, adopt a curriculum map, and collect evidence from the identified courses and practicum starting in Fall 2012.

12) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

Social Work faculty re-affirmed the benefits of assessment as a tool for discussing the curriculum and improving the students’ educational experience.  BSW Faculty also agreed to amend and/or change the current Seven Abilities to the Ten Core Competencies as outlined by CSWE EPAS.

13) Other important information.
Please note: If the program did not engage in assessment, please explain. If the program created an assessment plan for next year, please give an overview.

Changes in CSWE accreditation requirements and SSW faculty resulted in BSW program taking this year to re-visit the student core competencies and the curriculum and to develop an assessment plan rather than collect new evidence.