Council on Social Work Education Accreditation Standards

Competency Assessment Outcomes

July 1, 2020

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the Social Work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

CompetencyCompetency BenchmarkPercentage of Students Achieving Benchmark
Program Option #1 (on campus) Program Option #2 (identify campus/delivery method) Program Option #3 (identify campus/delivery method) Aggregate of All Program Options
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% meeting competency 98% n/a n/a 98%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% meeting competency 100% n/a n/a 100%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% meeting competency 100% n/a n/a 100%
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% meeting competency 100% n/a n/a 85%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% meeting competency 85% n/a n/a 96%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% meeting competency 100% n/a n/a 100%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% meeting competency 100% n/a n/a 100%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% meeting competency 98% n/a n/a 98%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 90% meeting competency 92% n/a n/a 92%