Assessment of Student Learning in SocialWork Education: The Indiana Model

Barry R. Cournoyer


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.


Assessment, student learning, curriculum analysis, social work education; accreditation

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