Reporting assessment data
As of June 2012, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) requires that accredited social work programs must use the following form to report its most recent assessment outcomes to constituents and the public on its website and that it routinely updates these postings.
This also provides an opportunity for prospective students, current students, and alumni to confirm the excellent quality that the EMU social work program provides in theoretical and practical social work knowledge.
The reports published below are updated annually in May upon completion of each academic year.
Internal assessment reports
The internal assessment report presents data gathered via rubric assessment within the social work curriculum courses.
External assessment reports
In contrast, the external assessment report presents data gathered via a five-point Likert scale completed by practicum supervisors at the end of students’ practicum experiences, which are the culmination of the social work curriculum.
Furthermore, senior social work students are required to take the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT) in social work, which provides a year-to-year snapshot of social work students’ performance that can be compared to previous EMU students as well as to other social work students around the United States.
Finally, field instructors who supervise senior practicum students complete an additional evaluation that measures how well EMU’s social work program prepared students for generalist social work practice. This evaluation provides an additional way to measure the EMU social work program’s effectiveness in preparing bachelor-level social work students for professional social work practice.