Release Date: 10/22/2009
New Benchmarking Initiative is the first research service to provide individualized reports specifically concerning baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral social work programs to university administrators, researchers, and recruiters.
October 22, 2009 – Alexandria, VA—CSWE announces its Benchmarking Initiative, the first research service to provide individualized reports specifically concerning baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral social work programs to university administrators, researchers, and recruiters.
Detailed benchmarking data for peer groups and self-selected institutions is exclusively available to social work programs that have a BSW, MSW, or BSW and MSW program accredited by CSWE. A summary report outlining aggregate responses for all social work programs is available to both program and non-program members.
“CSWE is grateful to the National Association of Deans and Directors (NADD) of the Social Work Benchmarking Committee for recognizing the need for this service, and partnering with CSWE to make these reports available to programs,” said CSWE Executive Director Julia M. Watkins. “The value of our Annual Survey of Social Work Programs can now extend beyond our own reporting to assist our more than 600 program members meet their goals.”
“This initiative is much anticipated because comparison data can be attained more efficiently,” said CSWE Associate Director for Research Jessica Holmes. “Previously social work faculty and administrators had to rely on numerous sources to cull the information that they needed.”
Categories of information available through the CSWE Benchmarking Initiative include the number of degrees awarded, curricular offerings, financial aid information, social work licensure pass rate, faculty information, and enrollment statistics. Persons ordering benchmarking data can self-select up to six other institutions for comparison of their own data. The other option for detailed reports is to choose a social work program’s peer group, which is based on institutional auspice (public or private), region, or Carnegie classification.
CSWE Benchmarking Reports are delivered within 20 business days of the date an order with full payment are received. For CSWE program members, detailed reports are a nominal fee and summary reports are complimentary. Institutions that are not CSWE program members pay $100 per summary report.
CSWE’s Benchmarking Initiative is spearheaded by its Institutional Research Department, that collaborates with the NADD Benchmarking Committee. The NADD Benchmarking Committee, which helped conceptualize the CSWE Benchmarking Initiative concept, includes members of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors and the Group for Advancement of Social Work Education.
CSWE’s Institutional Research staff provides research support to CSWE programs, members, volunteer commissions and councils, staff, and the Board of Directors. In addition to the annual collection of data on social work programs, Institutional Research also conducts research, policy development, and professional development projects in areas of social work education and research.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.
Visit www.cswe.org/CSWE/research for more information on how CSWE Benchmarking Data can inform a university administration, research, and recruitment goals.