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Graduate Exit Survey: 2006-2007

The Graduate Exit Survey of graduates displays an equally positive tone. A majority of graduates, seventy-eight (78%) percent is interested in visiting classes in the department after graduation. Ninety-four (94%) percent of the graduates plan to continue on to graduate school; this high percentage is associated in the department’s view with their realistic expectation of gaining entrance into graduate school after receiving a BSW from the WVSU Social Work program. Ninety-one (91%) percent of graduates plan to be employed after graduation. Twenty-eight (28%) percent of this sample currently hold Social Work Permits and a high percentage of the remainder are planning to take the examination for licensure.
The reasons for a graduate’s decision to major in social work are important indicators for the department. Eighty-eight (88%) percent made a decision about the major prior to taking the introductory class. This high percentage indicates a stream of interested majors who have a high level of focus on pursuing the degree. The reasons for the choice of major are led by the flexibility of the degree job market (88%). Other high-ranking reasons include concern for people (78%) and helping families help themselves (84%) and concern for others and not for monetary gain (78%).
Twenty-five (25%) percent said a Social Worker had influence in deciding to become a Social Worker. Graduates responded with a broad range of influences which led them to become Social Workers including: professional colleagues (16%), family members (13%), and teachers/professors (9%). In thirty-four (34%) of these cases, the influence was a role model or persons who encouraged them to enter the field (16%).
Graduates expressed a broad range of preferences regarding the academic curriculum of the program. A very high percentage gave high marks for the Practice and Field Seminar classes: Practice I (94%), Practice II (94%); Practice III (91%) and Field Seminars (88%). Other courses included: Policy/Legislation (72%) and Introduction to Social Work (72%).
Overall, the graduate survey indicates a cohort whose motivations are in line with the department’s presentation of social work’s obligations and opportunities and whose future plans regarding graduate school, employment, and licensing show a high level of self-confidence regarding their future in the profession of Social Work. Table 1 illustrates the results of the Graduate Exit Survey.

Table 1
Graduate Exit Survey: 2006-2007
Social Work Curriculum: Total: Average:
Intro. Social Work (131) 23 72%
Human Development (245) 19 59%
Practice I (316) 30 94%
Practice II (403) 30 94%
Practice III (405) 29 91%
Field Seminars: 404, 406 28 88%
Aging (350) 12 38%
Policy/Legis. (342) 23 72%
Values/Ethics (330) 14 44%
Theories/Poverty (300) 16 50%
Cultural Aspects (202) 16 50%
Meth. SW Research (400) 13 41%
Comm. Service (205) 4 13%
Child/Family Serv. (210) 13 41%
Current Issues (298) 10 31%
Special Topics (399) 4 13%
Other: 0%
Total: 284

Student Questionnaire: Total Average
Decide SW Major before SW131/YES 28 88%
Attraction to SW: 0%
Concern people not monetary gain 25 78%
Commitment/social justice/equality 17 53%
Help with psychological problems 19 59%
Help poor and minorities 16 50%
Help families help themselves 27 84%
What I learned from Intro SW 131 4 13%
Job market and employment in SW 10 31%
Involved in social activism 11 34%
Psych. needs/comm. resources 16 50%
Emply Option different jobs/settings 28 88%
Reputation WVSU SW program 10 31%
SW/Challenging/Interesting 18 56%
SW complements my values 10 31%
Which most influenced me SW cf.D J 88%
Influence me to SW: Yes: 18 No: 14
Professional Colleague 5 16%
College Counselor 1 3%
Family Member 4 13%
Friend 1 3%
Teacher/Professor 3 9%
Other 3 9%
Was Person a Social Worker? Yes 8 25%
How did they influence you?
Role model 11 34%
Employment opportunities 1 3%
Stimulated me about SW 0 0%
Encouraged preexisting intererest 5 16%
Other 0 0%
Other Factors: Yes: No: % Yes % No
Graduate School: 30 2 94% 6%
Seek Employment 29 3 91% 9%
Have Permit: 9 23 28% 72%
Visit Classes 25 7 78% 22%

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