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 sustainably 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.

Life Experience and Previous Work

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

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)