Fontbonne University’s BSW Evaluation Results

The following information provides an overview of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program’s evaluation. The Social Work Program began in 2010 when it was accepted for candidacy from the Council on Social Work Education (see www.cswe.org). The program received initial accreditation in June of 2013. In addition, a comprehensive self-study report is available through the social work department which provides in depth details on all aspects of the program.

Mission Statement for Bachelor of Social Work Program

Fontbonne University’s Bachelor of Social Work Program prepares students for generalist social work practice. We are a community of learners called to “serve the dear neighbor without distinction,” according to the mission and heritage of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. We prepare social workers who are ethical professionals committed to social and economic justice as they serve and empower individuals, families and communities.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Goals

  1. Prepare students for generalist professional practice and/or graduate studies in social
  2.  Prepare students to understand the values and ethics of the social work profession and how to integrate the values and ethics into practice.
  3. Prepare students who strive for social and economic justice, defend human rights, and serve diverse populations.
  4. Prepare students to use critical thinking and scientific inquiry to guide professional practice.
  5. Prepare students to understand the role of social policy in advancing justice and the delivery of effective social work services.
  6. Prepare students to develop and understand professional growth, competency and integrity.
  7. Prepare students to function effectively within agencies and social services delivery systems by using field education for practice, supervision and consultation.
  8. Provide students an educational heritage founded in the unifying values of the university’s Catholic identity, the Charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Mission of Social Work.
  9.  Prepare students to integrate the liberal arts perspective and respect science, faith, philosophical, and moral reasoning as they pursue knowledge and lifelong learning.
  10. Respond proactively to the impact of political and economic trends, technological and biomedical advances and issues of environmental sustainability on the future of the society.

Nine Social Work Competencies

The baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for generalist practice. The Social Work Competencies identify the knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors associated with competence at the generalist level of practice.

Competency 1 – Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Competency 2 – Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
Competency 3 – Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
Competency 4 – Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
Competency 5 – Engage in Policy Practice
Competency 6 – Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 7 – Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 8 – Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 9 – Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Admission Policy

Students entering Fontbonne University as freshmen may select social work as their major area of study with their initial enrollment application. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor in the social work program. Students who enter undecided and/or change their major to social work should make an appointment with the director of the social work program to insure completion of necessary requirements for admission and assignment of a faculty advisor. All students interested in social work must complete the application for admission to the social work program. The following guidelines apply.

Requirements for Consideration for Admission to the Social Work Program

  1. Student submits:
    1. Application for admission to social work program.
    2. Personal statement: Typewritten, in 12-point font, and two to three pages in length. Your statement should answer the following questions:
      1. Why I am choosing social work?
      2. What experiences have led me to select social work?
      3. Social work values are listed below. Describe what these values mean to you. (Values: social justice, service, dignity and worth of the person, importance of relationship,          integrity, and competence.)
    3. Transcripts of all university work on file with the registrar’s office.
  2. Student must have completed:
    1. A minimum of 24 credits with an average GPA of 2.5 or better.
    2. SWK 100 or SWK 110 with an average of 3.0 or better.
    3. Reading the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics and commit to following the ethical standards in academic work and professional practice.
    4. Approval of social work faculty.
    5. Major application form submitted to the university’s registrar’s office.
  3. Enrollment as a student in good standing at Fontbonne University.
  4. Student may submit an application after completing a minimum of 24 credit hours with an average GPA of 2.5 excluding social work courses
  5. Student may be asked to meet with the director of the social work program during the time the application is reviewed.

Application Review Process

All applications are reviewed by full-time faculty in the social work program.  The program director will contact students if their application is denied.

Denied Applications

If the decision is to deny admission, the letter will detail the reasons for denial and request the student to make an appointment with the director to review reasons for the denial. Students may submit a letter of appeal to the director. Students should meet with their advisor to review the appeals process.  Students may also reapply for admission after a plan of action is developed between the advisor and student to correct concerns identified in the
denial. The application must indicate the conditions of the denial have been corrected. Students who choose not to utilize the appeals process or develop a plan of action will work with their advisor to determine other options. A maximum of one readmission attempt after the initial denial application will be accepted. (Student Handbook pg. 14)

Life Experience and Previous Work

The social work program does not offer course credit for life experience  or previous work experience.

Termination from the Social Work Program

Professional social work qualities are defined as: academic preparation, ethical responsibilities and the professional identity.
Performance Indicators for retention in the social work program are as follows:
A. Enrollment as a student in good standing at Fontbonne University
B. Passing grades of C or better in all social work courses.
C. Student demonstrates adequate performance of competency standards.
D. Inadequate communication skills suitable for the practice of social work.
E. Inadequate writing skills suitable for the practice of social work.
F. Excessive tardiness or absenteeism.
G. Inability to meet deadlines dates on assignments.
H. Lying, cheating, or plagiarizing in course work.

Professional Indicators for lack of retention in the social work program are as follows:
A. Non adherence to the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics
B. Non adherence to personal and professional commitments of the professional identity
C. Confidentiality violations.
D. Unresolved personal issues which impair performance or safety in the classroom or field.
E. Substance abuse or misuse.
F. Criminal conviction.
G. Romantic or sexual involvement with persons served as a social work professional.
H. Disrespect towards any individual, group, community or organization served as a social work professional.

When it is determined that a student is not adhering to any of these standards, the student is immediately placed on probation by the special work department. The student will be notified that they are placed on probation by the Director of the Social Work Program. If there is no improvement within a semester, probation will accelerate to termination. The Program Director and Field Education Director will determine whether a student should be moved off probation or advance to termination. The student will be notified by the Director of the Program when terminated. Students will be provided with information on how to remove probation status or appeal termination from the program director. Additionally, students will be referred to the University’s Academic Advising and Counseling Center for assistance and career counseling.

University Academic Dismissal

Fontbonne University reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not maintain the minimum academic standards. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 1.0 may be dismissed for academic deficiencies without first being placed on probation. Fontbonne ordinarily dismisses a student who is placed on probation, then removed from probation, and then again drops below the minimum 2.0 GPA.

A dismissed student may apply for readmission to Fontbonne University after one full calendar year. During this time the student is encouraged to continue a program of study elsewhere, if possible. The student wishing to return after one year must reapply to the office of admission for readmission consideration by the undergraduate admission standards and review committee. If the student is readmitted, the student returns on probation.

A student who is dismissed may appeal the decision by sending a letter of  appeal to the Office of Academic Affairs. (Student Handbook pg. 17 -19 Vol. III)

Field Education Termination
If there are serious irresolvable issues, a termination from practicum may be required. The student or the Field Instructor may request a termination from practicum and must contact the Director of Field Education to discuss the situation. The student, Field Instructor, Practicum Seminar Instructor, and Director of Field Education will meet to determine appropriate actions. A termination from practicum may occur for different reasons – resources are lacking, availability of opportunities for practice behaviors, re-structuring of the agency, ethical breaches, or ideological differences between student and field instructor. If it is determined that termination from practicum is necessary, a Termination from Practicum form must be completed and all parties must agree and sign the document. When a termination occurs, the Director of Field Education will determine whether the student will receive any credit for the work completed, begin a new practicum, or transfer hours towards a different practicum. If the student is at fault and would have been assigned a non-passing grade, then the student will not receive any credit for the practicum hours. When a termination occurs, the practicum site and field instructor will also be re-evaluated to determine future affiliation. (Field Education handbook pg. 57 Vol III )

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for 2016

(Note: Benchmark Evaluative Instruments included the following, Teacher’s Evaluation, Final Student Self-Evaluation, Final Field Education Evaluation.)

COMPETENCY COMPETENCY BENCHMARK PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK
    Faculty Perspective Field Perspective Aggregate of All Program Options
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.81 8.14 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.98 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.78 8.02 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.90 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.55 7.80 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.68 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.23 7.78 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.51 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.30 7.65 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.48 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.78 8.10 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.94 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.63 7.84 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.74 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.51 7.75 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.63 average
(on a 1-9 scale)
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 100% average a 5
80%  average a 7
7.05 7.86 100% of students met benchmark with an 7.46 average
(on a 1-9 scale)