Assessment of Student Learning in SocialWork Education: The Indiana Model

  • Barry R. Cournoyer
Keywords: Assessment, student learning, curriculum analysis, social work education, accreditation


In this paper, the author discusses assessment of student learning in light of evolving accreditation standards. The author describes the Indiana Model—a comprehensive approach that includes: (a) a Course-Learning Objectives (CLO) classification system to organize and analyze the total array of course learning objectives addressed in a curriculum, (b) a direct Assessment of Student Learning system to demonstrate student learning outcomes, and (c) an indirect Assessment of Student Learning system to provide for the perspectives of consumers and other stakeholders. When integrated, the three systems may be used for curriculum analysis and development, assessment of student learning, and program evaluation—particularly in terms of student learning outcomes. The proposed integrated approach to student learning assessment addresses both university and professional accreditation standards.