|TITLE:||BSW ALUMNI STUDY|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||LINDSTEADT, GREGORY|
|OTHER INVESTIGATORS:||DR. G. DICKEYRNCATHY SNEAD, LMSW|
File Created: April 21, 2013|
Department Chair Action Date: April 22, 2013
Current Status: Final Status Report Received
|Confidentiality||Data are linked to individuals.|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSESocial Work BSW programs of study in higher education remain extremely popular and profitable programs. Recent IPEDS data identifies a consistent growth in the number of programs reporting and graduates of these programs. Assessing students and alumni provides the much needed input to a department and discipline’s educational endeavors. In essence, we want to know whether we are meeting the current needs of students and the field or has curriculum been absorbed into antiquated perceptions of the future professional needs. These data will be utilized (in the aggregate only) as well in upcoming Department of Social Work accreditation with the CSWE. This project has been accepted as a summer 2013 Portal Project at MWSU.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYFirst, current databases identifying alumni of the BSW degree program at MWSU will be collected from fall semester of 2008 to fall of 2012 utilizing both MWSU official data as well as MWSU foundation alumni reports. We expect to utilize social media and other forms of locators to find these alumni. Next, alumni will be surveyed via telephone or electronic survey tools by trained student researchers and faculty. Finally these data will be aggregated to determine general (not individual) trends that exist based on the opinions and experiences of our alumni.
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThere is the possibility of these data being released which could create a burden to the alumni. To eliminate as much of this risk as possible, student workers and researchers will be trained and certified with the CUHSR at MWSU prior to participation. Ethics training will deal directly with the issue of confidentiality and our responsibility to the subjects. A locked storage will be used for the information gleaned from these surveys. This will be housed in the Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work Department Research Lab (206b Wilson Hall). Access to this office and cabinet is limited to participating researchers under the guidance of Dr. G. Dickey and Dr. G. Lindsteadt. Finally, an introduction page will be read at the beginning of each interview and provided at the beginning of the electronic survey identifying the voluntary nature and purpose of this survey. Alumni participants will be offered remuneration in the form of a shirt with the Missouri Western State University Social Work Department Alumni logo. Benefits of this study are numerous. By providing a ‘proactive’ research approach to the study of our graduates we may find the current positions of alumnus, evaluate the effectiveness of the degree program in the field and at the next level of their education and/or licensing, and begin to sort the relationship between career and educational satisfaction. Interview techniques also allow researchers to probe for further meaning, which enhances our understanding of the topic.
SUBJECT SELECTIONThis will be a selective sample, not a representative sample of the general alumni at MWSU. It is estimated that there have been 90 individuals who have graduated with a four year degree over the past 5 years (Banner data) with a BSW as their primary or secondary degree. Of these 90, we expect to locate 75%. Of these 68 alumni expected to be found, we expect a participation rate of 75% or 51 alumni.
CONFIDENTIALITYOnly trained student researchers will be utilized in this survey of alumni. All identifying information will be coded. All hardcopies and the coding sheets will remain in a locked storage cabinet behind a secured door with limited staff, faculty and student access (Research Office WH 206b). All students and faculty involved in data collection or review will be certified with the CUHSR at MWSU. Databases providing coding of individuals and data of findings will be kept separate in secure campus electronic drives. Access to the main database without identifiers will be open to only student researchers involved in this project (O drive special projects). All documents will be destroyed within one year of the final completion of data collection and the data being secured in an electronic file. .
Final Report on 10-21-2013The data collection for the BSW Alumni study is complete. Dissemination of the project is scheduled for two different conferences this fall and spring.
|Western is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA), and is an AQIP Participant.|