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GSS Accreditation and Competency

The Fordham Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the Council’s accreditation standards. These competencies are dimensions of practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. An assessment score at or above that benchmark set by the social work program represents mastery of that particular competency. We report all data from our social work accreditation assessments to the Council and use it to continuously review and improve our program and learning environment.

B.S.W. Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Council on Social Work Education - Form as 4(B)

Fordham University GSS Baccalaureate Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 2020-2021

(Last completed on 6/9/21)

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice 2020-2021

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accredidation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. Summarize the program's competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number measures included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Common Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: Required courses Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Who assessed the student competence: Course Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:  
Exams 80% of 100%
Common assignments Competency rating of 3 (Competent) or above
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

Assessment Measure #2: Field Evaluations

Dimension(s) assessed Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: End of second semester of generalist year field-final evaluation at Field Placement
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructors
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Students must score at least a 3 (Competent) on each of the items measuring the competency.

 

Fordham University GSS Baccalaureate Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes 2020-2021

Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Year 2020-2021

Competency Competency Benchmark Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Lincoln Center Westchester All Campuses
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 100% N/A N/A
Competency 2: Engage
Diversity and Difference in Practice
80% 100% N/A N/A
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social,
Economic, and Environmental Justice
80% 83.34% N/A N/A
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research
and Research-informed Practice
80% 86.16% N/A N/A
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 70.00% N/A N/A
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families,
Groups, Organizations, and Communities
80% 100% N/A N/A
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families,
Groups, Organizations, and Communities
80% 76.67% N/A N/A
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families,
Groups, Organizations, and Communities
80% 80.46% N/A N/A
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups,
Organizations, and Communities
80% 66.16% N/A N/A

Note: BASW students were not attending classes on the Westchester Campus.

M.S.W. Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Council on Social Work Education - Form as 4(M)

Fordham University GSS Master of Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for All MSW Programs

(Last completed on 6/9/21)

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice 2020-2021

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accredidation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. Summarize the program's competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number measures included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Common Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: Required courses Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Who assessed the student competence: Course Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:  
Exams 80% of 100%
Common assignments Competency rating of 3 (Competent) or above
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

Assessment Measure #2: Field Evaluations

Dimension(s) assessed Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: End of second semester of generalist year field-final evaluation at Field Placement
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructors
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Students must score at least a 3 (Competent) on each of the items measuring the competency.

 

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Specialized Practice 2020-2021

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accredidation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add, that reflect the area of specialized practice. Summarize the program's competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number of areas of specialized practice and each measure included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Common Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge and Skills
When/where students are assessed: Required courses Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Who assessed the student competence: Course Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: 80%
Exams 80% of 100%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

Assessment Measure #2: Field Evaluation

Dimension(s) assessed Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: End of second semester of specialist year field-final evaluation at Field Placement
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Students must score at least a 3 (Competent) on each of the items measuring the competency.

 

Council on Social Work Education - Form as 4(M)

Fordham University GSS Master of Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for All MSW Programs

Last completed on 6/9/21

Assessment Data Collected During the Academic Year (2020-2021)

Competency Competency Benchmark (Generalist) Competency Benchmark (Area of Specialized Practice) Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Generalist Practice Specialist
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 80% 97.19%
(n = 512)
97.36%
(n = 508)
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% 80%

97.83%
(n = 625)

96.43%
(n = 541)
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% 80% 91.63%
(n = 640)
92.41%
(n = 543)
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% 80% 82.99%
(n = 402)
92.36%
(n = 648)
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 80% 89.02%
(n = 589)
91.83%
(n = 526)
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 96.92%
(n = 558)
96.38%
(n = 498)
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 87.83%
(n = 391)
91.71%
(n = 755)
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 92.70%
(n = 486)
88.16%
(n = 456)
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 79.19%
(n = 513)
93.90%
(n = 650)

M.S.W. Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (LC + WC)

Council on Social Work Education - Form as 4(M)

Fordham University GSS Master of Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Program Option:
**Lincoln Center and Westchester On-Campus

(Last completed on 6/9/21)

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice 2020-2021

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accredidation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. Summarize the program's competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number measures included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Common Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: Required courses Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Who assessed the student competence: Course Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:  
Exams 80% of 100%
Common assignments Competency rating of 3 (Competent) or above
Competency Benchmark (percent of studentds the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

Assessment Measure #2: Field Evaluations

Dimension(s) assessed Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: End of second semester of generalist year field-final evaluation at Field Placement
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructors
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Students must score at least a 3 (Competent) on each of the items measuring the competency.

 

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Specialized Practice 2020-2021

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accredidation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add, that reflect the area of specialized practice. Summarize the program's competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number of areas of specialized practice and each measure included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Common Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge and Skills
When/where students are assessed: Required courses Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Who assessed the student competence: Course Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: 80%
Exams 80% of 100%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

Assessment Measure #2: Field Evaluation

Dimension(s) assessed Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: End of second semester of specialist year field-final evaluation at Field Placement
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Students must score at least a 3 (Competent) on each of the items measuring the competency.

 

Council on Social Work Education - Form as 4(M)

Fordham University GSS Master of Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Program Option:
**Lincoln Center and Westchester On-Campus

Last completed on 6/9/21


Assessment Data Collected during the Academic Year (2020-2021)

Competency Competency Benchmark (Generalist) Competency Benchmark (Area of Specialist-Advanced Integrated Generalist Practice) Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Generalist Practice Specialist
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 80% 98.98%
(n = 170)
97.51%
(n = 248)
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% 80% 97.85%
(n = 239)
95.06%
(n = 276)
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% 80% 90.99%
(n = 238)
89.79%
(n = 213)
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% 80% 84.14%
(n = 169)
90.77%
(n = 303)
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 80% 93.18%
(n = 226)
90.60%
(n = 212)
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 97.20%
(n = 217)
95.45%
(n = 241)
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 91.68%
(n = 192)
92.57%
(n = 315)
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 92.67%
(n = 183)
92.33%
(n = 227)
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 83.79%
(n = 316)
93.07%
(n = 348

**Please note: Due to COVID-19, all Lincoln Center and Westchester students attended class in an online environment for the 2020-2021 academic year. As a result, data for these campuses was combined.

M.S.W. Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (Online)

Council on Social Work Education - Form as 4(M)

Fordham University GSS Master of Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Program Option (Online) 2020-2021

(Last completed 6/9/21)

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Generalist Practice 2020-2021

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accredidation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. Summarize the program's competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number measures included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Common Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: Required courses Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Who assessed the student competence: Course Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:  
Exams 80% of 100%
Common assignments Competency rating of 3 (Competent) or above
Competency Benchmark (percent of studentds the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

Assessment Measure #2: Field Evaluations

Dimension(s) assessed Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: End of second semester of generalist year field-final evaluation at Field Placement
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructors
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Students must score at least a 3 (Competent) on each of the items measuring the competency.

 

Summary of the Program's Assessment Plan | Specialized Practice 2020-2021

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accredidation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add, that reflect the area of specialized practice. Summarize the program's competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number of areas of specialized practice and each measure included in the data presented.

Assessment Measure #1: Common Assignment

Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge and Skills
When/where students are assessed: Required courses Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
Who assessed the student competence: Course Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: 80%
Exams 80% of 100%
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%

Assessment Measure #2: Field Evaluation

Dimension(s) assessed Knowledge, Skills, Values, C/A Processes
When/where students are assessed: End of second semester of specialist year field-final evaluation at Field Placement
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructor
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9: Students must score at least a 3 (Competent) on each of the items measuring the competency.

 

Competency Competency Benchmark (Generalist) Competency Benchmark (Area of Specialized Practice) Percentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Generalist Practice Specialist
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 80% 95.55%
(n = 342)
96.79%
(n = 260)
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% 80% 97.79%
(n = 387)
97.68%
(n = 265)
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% 80% 91.53%
(n = 403)
95.20%
(n = 330)
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% 80% 81.08%
(n = 233)
94.42%
(n = 345)
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 80% 83.26%
(n = 362)
93.52%
(n = 314)
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 96.51%
(n = 341)
97.40%
(n = 257)
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 83.23%
(n = 199)
91.36%
(n = 440)
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 91.41%
(n = 303)
83.80%
(n = 229)
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 80% 73.66%
(n = 316)
94.96%
(n = 348)