Social Work Department – Asbury University
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Social Work Department

Integrate your love for people and your passion for positive change through rigorous academics, practical application and a firm commitment to love like Jesus loves.

Lindsay Rennick (’19) interacting with her colleagues classmates at Uganda Christian University – Study Abroad Program.

Integrate your love for people and your passion for positive change through rigorous academics, practical application, and a firm commitment to love like Jesus loves.

Social Work is primarily the application of theory, knowledge, and skills in working with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, communities, and public policy to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating favorable societal conditions.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work prepares students for careers in areas such as gerontology, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, school social work, social services administration, community development, policy, counseling, and case management, among others. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Social work is an exciting, rewarding, and growing profession that is in high demand, as students are equipped with the knowledge, values, and skills with which to work with a variety of issues. With contemporary social issues such as child abuse, homelessness, racism, discrimination, AIDS, poverty, aging, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, violence against women, and juvenile delinquency, there has never been a more important need for social workers. The Social Work curriculum includes two practical experiences in real-world professional settings.

Rebekah Antonelli (’21) with her Practicum Supervisor and Co-workers at Reach One, Touch One Ministries in Uganda.

Asbury Social Work students have opportunities to participate in international practicum semester in Uganda or Romania. Additional study abroad opportunities include a Human Dignity Tour travel course to Germany and Poland, Paris semester, Spain semester, and others. Students interested in studying abroad should talk with their faculty academic advisor as early as possible in order to fit it into their academic plan.

Social work majors have enhanced their scope of practice by double majoring in Political Science, Intercultural Studies, Business Economics, Recreation, Equine, and other disciplines.

For more information on the BSW program, email SocialWork@asbury.edu.

 

Accreditation

Asbury University Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Students earning a B.A. or B.S. in Social Work from Asbury’s Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program have an opportunity to receive advanced standing into one year Master of Social Work programs at many CSWE accredited universities.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Information.aspx

Bachelor of Social Work Program Evaluation Results

4.0.4: The program uses Form AS B4 to report its most recent assessment outcomes to constituents and the public on its website and routinely updates (minimally every 2 years) these postings. View the current accreditation evaluation results below:

Asbury University Results – Updated May 2020

Competency Competency Benchmark On-Campus Delivery System Online Delivery System
Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 80% 98.5% 82.6%
Engage in Diversity & Difference in Practice 80% 98.5% 81.6%
Advance Human Rights & Social, Economic, & Environmental Justice 80% 100.0% 100.0%
Engage in Practice-Informed Research & Research-Informed Practice 80% 94.9% 87.5%
Engage in Policy Practice 80% 97.7% 100.0%
Engage with Individual, Families, Groups, Organizations, & Communities 80% 95.9% 92.7%
Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, & Communities 80% 100.0% 77.9% (BELOW 80%)
Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, & Communities 80% 96.9% 93.9%
Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities 80% 94.5% 74.6% (BELOW 80%)

The Asbury University BSW Program implemented EPAS 2015 prior to the last Self Study Evaluation by CSWE. This form was uploaded to the Asbury website in 2020. All competencies were not evaluated for the online delivery system, since all courses were NOT implemented during the 2019-2020 academic year. As of the 2020-21 academic year, ALL the courses will be implemented so an updated report will be uploaded to the Asbury website in fall 2021.  For the Online Program, the competency rating for the academic year 2019-2020 did not include all the courses as for the on-campus program; so comparison is limited for this academic year. Of particular note is that only a few students completed a field practicum, so there were no ratings for the practicum course.

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