The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Binghamton University was reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the fall of 2010 for 8 years through October 2018. Our MSW program assessment plan includes both formative and summative measures. Our formative measures track student progress and satisfaction through the course of the educational experience. These include individual course evaluations conducted by instructors at least at mid-point and course conclusion, midterm field evaluations, agency evaluations that assess the quality of field placements, academic and field advisement notes retained in the student record, and the student portfolio.
Our summative measures assess students’ attainment of program objectives through feedback from both field instructors and students themselves. The design of the MSW curriculum is premised on the belief that field performance is the ultimate evidence of student learning. That is, the knowledge and skills taught in the courses are applied and demonstrated in field performance. As such, the field learning objectives must demonstrate the totality of student competence envisioned in the program objectives. Having field instructors and students complete the same evaluations independently provides reliability to our assessment process.
We are pleased to report that Binghamton University’s Social Work Department met or exceeded all of our benchmarks in our most recent accreditation