Reinventing BSSW Program Assessment and Curricula Mapping under the 2008 EPAS: A Conceptual and Quantitative Model

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Social Work


The Council on Social Work Education's 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) significantly changed how social work programs should assess student competencies and practice behaviors across the curriculum. Responding to these changes, a new assessment logic and practice model was created to assess baccalaureate social work student competencies using an information feedback model that included curricular mapping horizontally and vertically. Through this model, the program can effectively and efficiently assess student competencies, identify areas of strength and weakness, seek improvements in competency-based learning over time, and pinpoint areas of concern deep within the curriculum at both the syllabus and course content levels. Initial data suggest that as students are more exposed to a competency-based curriculum, mastery of competencies increases.

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Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work