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Social Work Alumni Survey - SW Experience

SW Program Graduate Survey: SW Experience

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey for the Gordon College Social Work Program. Your careful response is critical to our evaluation and improvement of the Social Work Program, as well as to our accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education. For the sake of anonymity, please do not include your name on any portion of the survey.

1. I. Personal Information: What year did you graduate?

2. Age

3. Gender

Male
Female

4. II. Educational Activities: Have you completed any other degrees since your BA/BSW?

5. If you answered yes, which degree(s)? Please list degree, concentration, and school.

6. If you have begun or completed an MSW program, did you apply for and receive "advanced standing" status?

7. Overall, how well did the Gordon College Social Work Program prepare you for your additional education?

8. Did you seek social work employment when you graduated from school?

Yes. Please skip to question 13.
No. Please answer the following.

9. Please list your non-social work employment experiences since graduation, beginning with your current or most recent position. List employer, job title, and dates of employment.

10. If you are not employed in social work, what is the major reason?

11. Do you intend to seek social work employment in the future?

Yes (Please skip the following question.)
No (Please answer the following question.)

12. If you do not intend to seek social work in the future, which of the following most accurately describes the reason?

13. IV. Evaluation of Gordon College SW Program: Below is a list of the program objectives. Please rate each according to how well prepared you were in these areas for your first post-BA/BSW social work position. Ability to use critical thinking skills:

14. Ability to understand, consider, weigh, and use professional values in an ethical manner:

15. Ability to practice social work in a nondiscriminatory way and with respect and appreciation for human diversity:

16. Ability to understand and appreciate the forms and mechanisms of discrimination and oppression, and strategies of social change to reduce and eliminate such discrimination and oppression and maximize social and economic justice:

17. Ability to demonstrate an undertanding of the history of social welfare and the social work profession, and to use that understanding to assess contemporary issues and problems:

18. Ability to use the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice in systems of various sizes:

19. Ability to understand and use models of human behavior in the social environment and across the lifespan:

20. Ability to undertand, analyze, formulate, and influence social policies:

21. Ability to use research knowledge and skills to gain a better understanding of social work practice, and to evaluate your own practice interventions:

22. Ability to communicate competently and appropriately with the people with whom you serve, as well as coworkers and other members of the professional and general community:

23. Ability to use supervision and consultation in appropriate ways and in appropriate settings:

24. Ability to function professionally in organizations:

25. V. Curriculum: I would rate the overall quality of the Gordon College Social Work Program as:

26. Please provide specific comments/recommendations on the following components of the Gordon College Social Work Program: Curriculum:

27. Specific Courses:

28. Practicum Program:

29. Faculty:

30. Quality of Advising You Received:

31. Student Organization/Student Input into Program:

32. In general, how satisfied are you with your Gordon College Social Work degree?

33. If you had the opportunity to do it again, would you choose Social Work as your major?

Yes (Please skip the next two questions.)
No (Please answer the following.)

34. If you answered "no" to the above question, why?

35. If you answered "no" to question 33, what major would you choose instead of Social Work?

36. VI. Your FIRST Social Work Position: In general, how well did the Gordon College Social Work Program prepare you for an entry level position in social work?

37. From the time you actively sought employment for a social work position, how long did it take you to secure your first job in social work?

38. If it was difficult to find a satisfactory social work job, please indicate the reasons. Check all that apply.

Jobs were scarce for BSWs where I wanted to live.
Although some jobs were available, they did not fit my goals and interests.
Although some jobs were available, the pay and benefits were too low.
Employers were looking for people with more experience than I had.
Employers were looking for people with a more advanced degree, such as an MSW.
Other.

39. How did you learn of the vacancy for the first social work position you subsequently attained? Check all that apply.

Gordon Social Work Program
Gordon placement office
Newspaper, media
Online
Friends, family
Student, graduate of program
Contacts from field placement
Result of civil service exam
Volunteer service
Job placement agency

40. Please indicate the areas in which you worked in your first social work position after graduation. Check all that apply.

Public welfare
Corrections
Physical/mental disabilities
Community/neighborhood services
Child welfare
Geriatrics
Church-related social services
Community organization
Drug or alcohol dependency
Medical social work
Families
Mental health
Employment, vocational services
Public policy
Other

41. VII. Your Current or Most Recent Social Work Position: Please list your SW employment experiences since graduation beginning with your current or most recent position. List employer, job title, and dates of employment.

42. Please indicate the following areas in which you currently work or most recently worked. Check all that apply.

Public welfare
Corrections
Physical/mental disabilities
Community/neighborhood services
Child welfare
Geriatrics
Church-related social services
Community organization
Drug or alcohol dependency
Medical social work
Families
Mental health
Employment, vocational services
Public policy
Other

43. What is/was your gross annual salary for your current/most recent social work position?

44. How many hours do you work per week?

45. Have you had any promotions or upgrades in your position?

Yes
No

46. Have you had an increase in responsibility in your position?

Yes
No

47. VIII. Professional Licensure and Credentials: Have you sought and achieved professional licensure or credentialing?

Yes
No
Not applicable. My state does not have licensure or credentialing regulations.

48. If you have sought and achieved professional licensure or credentialing, please specify the state, date received, and level/title.

49. If you have not, what are your plans regarding licensure or credentialing?

Plan to apply for level I am currently eligible for.
Plan to apply when I am eligible for a higher level of licensure or credentialing.
Do not plan to apply. Licensure or credentialing is not particularly relevent or useful to my current work.
Do not plan to apply. Licensure or credentialing is not particularly relevent or useful for my goals and future plans.

50. IX. Other Service: Please list involvement, activity, achievements, awards, etc. in the following areas: Professional Development/Memberships (e.g. service on committees/task forces; professional conferences; research, writing, publication):

51. Community (e.g volunteer work, service organizations, groups):

52. Church (e.g. membership, leadership/service roles, teaching classes/workshops, leading youth groups):