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Program Overview

Hospitals, schools, clinics, and the court system all depend on social workers to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals.

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Fairfield University prepares graduates to recognize and value the inherent worth and dignity of all people and promote the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities informed by the person-in-environment perspective. The Program is committed to serving a diverse society, advancing respect for diversity, human rights and social, economic and environmental justice. It seeks to prepare lifelong learners who possess strong conceptual and generalist knowledge, values and skills, while upholding the highest standards of professional conduct. The Program educates students to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration with professional and community partners, and will advance the social work profession through the scholarly contributions of its faculty.

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Fairfield University aims to help students to develop intellectual rigor, personal integrity, informed decision-making, self-reflection and social responsibility. It seeks to promote the profession of social work by educating students in the Jesuit tradition, to become “men and woman for others,” who recognize social inequities and intervene as leaders for social change. 

Accreditation

The BSW Program is in candidacy status through the Council on Social Work Education and will be evaluated for initial accreditation in October 2021.

Advanced Standing
BSW graduates who qualify, can apply for advanced standing in the MSW program at the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

Egan School Rankings

#1
Best College for Nursing in CT

– Niche's 2021 Best Colleges

Top 5
Nursing School in New England

– 2020 Nursing Schools Almanac

#2
Nursing Program in Connecticut

– College Factual

Top 5%
Nursing Program in the Nation

– College Factual

Baccalaureate Social Work Program Assessment Outcomes

Council on Social Work Education - Form AS 4(B)
Fairfield University, Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Form AS 4(B) A form required for Reaffirmation, Candidacy, and ongoing compliance per AS 4.0.3

This form is used to assist the Commission on Accreditation in the evaluation of the program’s compliance with the accreditation standard below.

4.0.3: The program uses Form AS 4(B) and/or Form AS 4(M) to report its most recent assessment outcomes for each program option to constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) its findings.

All programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) are required to measure and report student learning outcomes. All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. These holistic competencies reflect the dimensions (knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive & affective processes) of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training.

Programs determine a percentage-based benchmark for each competency and determine an outcome-measure benchmark (minimum score) for each measure. The competency benchmark (which can differ for each competency) represents the minimum percent of students the program expects to have achieved the outcome measure benchmarks in both/all measures for each of the nine competencies. The program then determines the percentage of students that attained each outcome measure (e.g., minimum score or higher), and aggregates the percentages for both/all measures together to obtain the percentage of students demonstrating competence inclusive of two (2) or more measures. The result of aggregating both/all outcome measure percentages provides the percentage of students achieving the competency benchmark. An aggregated percentage at or above the competency benchmark is considered achievement of that competency. If the program has more than one program option, the program must report data for each program option, and also an aggregate of all program options combined to determine an overall percentage of students across all program options achieving the competency benchmark.

Per the requirement of CSWE COA’s recognizing body, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and accreditation standard 4.0.3, programs must post this form publicly on its website and routinely up-date (minimally every 2 years) its findings. Upon request, programs must provide CSWE with the weblink to the published form on the program’s website where it is accessible to the public. Data presented on the form must be collected within 2 years of today’s date at all times.

Competency Competency Benchmark Percentage (%) of Students Achieving Benchmark
    Program Option #! On Campus Aggregate of All Program Options
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 1 100%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 80% 1 100%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 80% 1 100%
Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 80% 1 100%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice 80% 1 100%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 1 100%
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 1 100%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 1 100%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 80% 1 100%

All students are assessed using a minimum of two measures on their mastery of the nine competencies that comprise the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education and any additional competencies programs may choose to add. Summarize the program’s competency-based assessment plan. Programs may add/delete rows to accurately reflect the number measures included in the data presented.

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Assessment Measure #1: Journal/Scrapbook
Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Values, Skills, Cognitive and Affective Processes.
When/where students are assessed: Fall 2020/SWRK 4307
Who assessed student competence: Prof. Joshua Neitlich
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9:
3 out of 5
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies
1-9:

80%
Percentage of Students Achieving Competency 100%
Assessment Measure #2: The Field Instructor Student Competency Practicum Evaluation Form
Dimension(s) assessed: Knowledge, Values, Skills, Cognitive and Affective Processes.
When/where students are assessed: Spring 2021/SWRK
Who assessed student competence: Field Instructor/Field Director
Outcome Measure Benchmark (minimum score indicative of achievement) for Competencies 1-9. 3 out of 5
Competency Benchmark (percent of students the program expects to have achieved the minimum scores, inclusive of all measures) for Competencies 1-9: 80%
Percentage of Students Achieving Competency 100%

Requirements & Curriculum

Applications for the BSW program are evaluated by the Office of Admission. Students who declare a social work major are accepted directly into the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies bachelor of social work program in their first year.

To progress in the program, students are required to successfully complete all core, required courses and internship experiences. By accepting admission in the Egan School, the student understands the program eligibility and progression requirements. Social work students must follow all University educational policies and general regulations including those regarding academic progress.

Social work undergraduates will have close individual advising with social work faculty as well as ongoing group process with faculty beginning in their first year in the program.

In order to complete the BSW degree, students will earn 122 credits. Coursework in the major begins with two introductory courses in the sophomore year, followed by a structured program, including 12 required courses, (38 credit hours) in social work. Beginning in fall of the senior year, students will complete 450 hours (16 hours per week) over two semesters of supervised field education in a variety of social service agencies and community outreach settings.

In order to remain in the social work program, students must have:

  • An overall 2.75 overall GPA at start of junior year
  • A grade of C+ or higher in all social work courses.
  • A passing grade in the first semester fieldwork practicum
  • The recommendation of the Faculty Advisor

A minimum grade of B must be received for all social work courses in order to progress in the program.

Fairfield University students, who are currently undecided or enrolled in any major, have the option to change their major to social work. Interested students should contact the BSW program director, Dr. Kim Oliver at koliver@fairfield.edu.

Required Courses

Ethics of Health Care
Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History
Health Communication for Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare Delivery Systems
General Psychology
Public Health and Social Justice
Social Work Essentials I
Social Work Essentials II
Social Work: An Introduction
History of Social Welfare
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Social Policy and Social Justice
Research in Social Work Practice
Leadership for Interdisciplinary Health Professionals
Generalist Social Work Practice I
Generalist Social Work Practice II
Integrative Field Practicum Seminar I
Integrative Field Practicum Seminar II
Field Practicum I
Field Practicum II

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

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