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Social Work Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Mission Statement

The social work program is committed to:

  • preparing students for entry-level professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities within the context of a liberal arts education
  • helping students develop a special appreciation for the needs and strengths of women and the knowledge and skills of professional practice that supports and encourages women
  • preparing students for practice with racially and ethnically diverse populations, people in poverty and people at special risk in our society

Intrinsic to the mission of the social work program, is the ultimate goal of social and economic justice.

Program Goals

The goals of the social work program are to:

  • prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice, including intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • prepare students to practice social work with sensitivity to the needs of diverse populations
  • provide content that enables students to understand the political, economic and social context of social work practice, the behavior of organizations and the dynamics of social change
  • infuse throughout the curriculum content on ethics and values that will prepare students to confront the contradictions and value conflicts inherent in maintaining integrity in professional practice
  • provide learning experiences designed to strengthen critical thinking and self-awareness.
  • link professional social work education with liberal arts content, with particular emphasis on women’s concerns and interests, consistent with the mission of Mount Mary University
  • provide a foundation for future learning, including graduate social work education, and to promote an awareness among students of the responsibility to continue their professional growth and development throughout their careers

Program Outcomes and Assessment

Mount Mary’s social work program has adopted the 10 core competencies established by the Council on Social Work Education as the program’s objectives. These competencies are outcome performance indicators for social workers with a bachelor’s degree per social work core competencies.  

The social work program measures how well it is achieving the program’s goals through continuous outcome assessment. The annual outcome assessment analyzes data from exit surveys completed by graduating seniors, seniors’ portfolios, final senior year fieldwork evaluations completed by field instructors and specific course assignment scores with recent outcome assessment reports. See the Outcome Assessment.