Dear Social Work Students,
As part of a social work student's professional preparation and development, there are
particular skills that are just as important as the discrete knowledge one learns about
social work in the textbooks and classroom. These are fundamental to a student's
progression through the BSW Program.
Because of the central importance of these skills, the BSW Program Committee has
developed the Rubric for Assessing Professional Development (please see the attached
document) to help you to clearly understand our Department's and profession’s
expectations and values. Not only will this rubric be introduced to you in a Town Meeting
format in class, but also you will find it accessible on our Department website, as well as
in future BSW Program Bulletins. This rubric provides you with the opportunity to assess
your professional development on an on-going basis and to engage in dialogue with
your academic advisor about areas of strength and challenges for you.
Therefore, beginning with your next advising appointment, you are expected to come to
your academic advising sessions prepared with a completed Rubric for Assessing
Professional Development and a printed copy of your CATS Report. These documents
will be kept in your advising folder following your meeting with your advisor.
Additionally, as your are aware, the BSW Program Committee reviews each student’s
progress at the end of every semester. If committee members have a concern that a
student may not be meeting the Department’s standard expectation, the student’s rubric
will be pulled from her/his file in order to examine any discrepancy between the
committee’s concern and the student’s assessment. This will then provide the
committee with a starting point for work with the student to resolve any concerns.
The BSW Program Committee is very excited to begin implementing this resource for all
of us as we build our professional social work community with each of you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.