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CSWE is excited to offer the first Assessment Academy at APM to support social work programs in their competency assessment process and measures developed for the 2015 EPAS. This half-day post-conference workshop will be offered on Sunday, November 6, 1:00–4:00 pm. There is a separate registration fee of $25 per person. The workshop will include presentations from national experts on curriculum mapping and course-embedded rubrics. 

The schedule for the inaugural Assessment Academy includes:

  • 1:00-2:15pm Concurrent Speaker Presentations 
    Participants will choose to attend one of the following presentations:

    Assessment of Competencies in Field Education
    Presented by Professor Marion Bogo

    Location: Imperial Ballroom A

Assessment of competence in field education provides social work educators with crucial information based on the demonstration of the competency in real practice situations. It provides the most authentic source of assessment data. This presentation will address issues, possible responses and innovative methods for producing robust assessments. Issues to be considered include developing assessment measures that reflect practice in the local context and capture the dimensions of holistic competence in EPAS 2015, creating efficient approaches to gain access to numerous examples of students’ practice, finding methods to document student performance, and involving multiple raters. Engaging field instructors and students in the process of formative and summative assessments will also be considered.

Welcome and introductions by Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW, President and CEO, CSWE.

Development and Use of Rubrics for Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in
Social Work Education
Presented by Christina M. Bruhn, PhD, LCSW

Location: M103-M105

Assessment of what students’ knowledge, skills, and values is challenging because these attributes must be made observable and evaluable in order to be assessed. The 2015 EPAS addition of cognitive and affective processes adds a layer of complexity to this process. The requirement for assessment of multiple dimensions of each competency also impacts assessment planning in schools of social work. One tool that can be of use in operationalizing competencies and in benchmarking is a rubric. Rubrics define the aspects of competence that a student is expected to demonstrate in his or her work and descriptions of levels of performance of those aspects. This presentation will describe the history of rubrics; how to develop a strong rubric; helping faculty to use rubrics in consistent ways; and logistics associated with gathering and use of rubric data for program assessment.

Welcome and introductions by Jo Ann Regan, PhD, MSW, Vice President of Education, CSWE.

  • 2:30-4:00pm Roundtable Sessions: 
    A number of social work programs also will showcase their assessment processes and competency measures in interactive roundtable discussions with participants. Every 20 minutes participants will be alerted to move to another presentation. Participants are encouraged to view the Assessment Academy program (below) in advance.
    Location: Imperial Ballroom B

    Assessment Academy roundtable presenters include:
    • Abilene Christian University 
    • Azusa Pacific University 
    • Barry University 
    • California State University–Fresno 
    • Case Western University
    • Grand Valley University 
    • Indiana University 
    • New Mexico State University 
    • Rutgers University 
    • Social Work Education Assessment Project (SWEAP) 
    • University of California at Berkeley 
    • University of Houston–Downtown 
    • University of Southern California 
    • Western Kentucky University

Speaker Information:

Marion Bogo O.C., MSW, RSW is Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She is the former Field Director, Dean, and first appointee to the first Endowed Chair in Social Work at the university. Her research focuses on social work field education and the conceptualization and assessment of professional competence. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and seven books and disseminated her research in invited presentations internationally. In 2013 she was awarded the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education in recognition of her contributions to social work education and to improving assessment of professional competence. In 2014 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for her achievements in the field of social work as a scholar and teacher and for advancing the practice in Canada and abroad.


Dr. Christina M. Bruhn is an Associate Professor at the Aurora University School of Social Work and Co-Director of Assessment for Aurora University. Aurora University is a private university offering 40 undergraduate and 23 graduate majors and minors. Dr. Bruhn manages assessment of curricular outcomes for these programs as well as co-curricular outcomes on three physical campuses and online. Dr. Bruhn oversees the School of Social Work’s assessment for both program accreditation (CSWE) and regional university accreditation (HLC). Dr. Bruhn is also P.I. for evaluation of 22 after-school programs in the City of Aurora. Dr. Bruhn worked previously as a Research Specialist for the Children and Family Research Center and has over 15 years of program evaluation experience. Dr. Bruhn is an Accreditation Site Visitor for CSWE and serves on the Educational Policy Commission.