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The Undergraduate Social Work Program is accredited through the Council of Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (CSWE). During our most recent self-study for accreditation, we identified several gaps in our explicit curriculum, including insufficiencies in research methodology and information literacy. As a result, the Department is revising our curriculum and plan of study. Central to this revision is the elimination of elementary statistics as a pre-requisite to admission to our major. Instead, we propose teaching a new course, Applied Statistics for Social Work Practice (SWO210) as part of the social work plan of study. In addition to the fundamentals of statistics, students will learn the utility of statistics in practice evaluation, program evaluation, and policy practice with a heavy emphasis on interpreting statistical analyses to assess the literature to use evidence based practices. This allows the department to prepare social work students for evidenced-based generalist social work practice including, but not limited to, CSWE Competency Four: Practice-informed research and research informed practice Budgetary Resources Needed None. Student Learning

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Signed by President Macpherson 1/29/2020.

Effective Fall 2020