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CSWE Accreditation

PLNU’s social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which emphasizes service-oriented, evidence-based learning that prepares students for professional practice. CSWE accreditation gives you the opportunity for advanced standing in master of social work (MSW) programs. Having advanced standing leverages your bachelor’s degree in social work, and allows you to earn an MSW in about one year.

CSWE 2019 Assessment Report

2019 Report (as of June 1, 2019)

CSWE Accreditation Standard  AS 4. B

4.0.2   The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.

4.0.4   The program uses Form AS 4 (B) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) these postings.

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 CSWE accreditation standards. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social work professional training. A 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.


  • This report is as of June 1, 2019 with scores for 3 students pending. These students are completing the remainder of field placement hours during summer. As a result, final evaluations are not yet available.  An updated report will be prepared when data is available.
  • Overall, most outcome scores were improved from 2018, however, given the small number of cases included in the report, the performance of three students not included could impact outcomes. Absent this data, the results should be viewed as provisional.
  • In addition to these competency measures, the PLNU program prepares a supplemental report for foundational knowledge content and basic academic capacities for oral language, written communication, and critical thinking. The results of the CSWE Instruments will be compared with other measures to assess and identify areas where curriculum adjustment is needed.

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