Human Services Program Evaluation
There are annual program assessment and reviews of learning outcomes assessment projects.
The field placement coordinator conducts site visits each term to the agencies where students are placed for fieldwork. There are discussions regarding program curriculum offerings and equipping students to take on the roles of a human service practitioner.
Reaffirmation of accreditation from the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) is required every five years by conducting a self-study of the program. Every 10 years, there is a visitation by the Council in addition to the self-study process.
To insure that the curriculum is meeting the needs of the community as well as the students, a DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) workshop is held every three years. Panelists consist of personnel representing agencies that utilize HUS students in field placements as well as those that hire human service associate degree graduates. The purpose of the DACUM process is to identify and update the competencies as deemed appropriate for the current job market for graduates of the program. The DACUM is utilized for final graduate exiting evaluation.
Prior to graduation, students in the Human Services program fill out Curriculum Satisfaction Surveys. These surveys, conducted in the final week of their time in the curriculum, allow the students to give honest feedback to the Human Services department about their satisfaction with the program, including coursework content, faculty, advising, and field placement. The results of these surveys guide the department in program evaluation. This helps the department address any areas that may need to be modified.
At the end of each field placement, the student is evaluated by their supervisor in many different areas, including professionalism, flexibility, interest, initiative, and ability to learn and implement policies and procedures. There is also a question about whether the agency would hire this person based on their performance in the placement. Over 90% of supervisors in the last 5 academic years said they would.
Human Services Program Evaluation 2013-2014
For the 2013-2014 academic year, 23 out of 26 Curriculum Satisfaction Surveys were returned. One hundred percent (100%) of the respondees reported that they were "very satisfied" with the Human Services curriculum, with "very satisfied" being the highest rating. Also, 25 out of 26 field placement supervisors reported that they would hire the field placement student if given the opportunity.