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3Mar/150

The Benefits of Assessment Days

Hey everyone!

This week William Woods had assessment days, and honestly, these are my two favorite days of the year. Before I get into anything more, let me explain what assessment days are. WWU devotes 2 full days to academic assessment and program development, and in doing so, students don't have classes and instead spend the two days working with the other students and their professors. These assessment days are unique to William Woods and allow for each major to get feedback, find issues, and allow for students to develop bonds that don't form through classes.

For the Social Work assessment days, we spent all day Tuesday working together to answer the basics of case studies, learn more about field placement, having lunch together, and then finally learning about the licencing procedures both here in the state of Missouri and nation wide. The day started out with an intro and a small icebreaker to make sure everyone in the room was familiar with each other and get a feeling of where everyone was hopefully headed post-WWU. From there, Professor Wilson reviewed the new edition of the Social Work major handbook and updated us on the progress of the re-accreditation. Next came the small group activities, where we divided up and worked alongside our peers to sort out and build fictional plans for cases that we might run into in the field. This was my favorite part due to the fact that we got to work alongside the seniors, who are actually out in the field dealing with these things, to build a plan that could have been used by professionals. We presented these plans to the entire group and had lunch. Finally, we got to meet with Tom Reichard, who did an amazing job explaining the licencing process within the state of Missouri; something we all have to work towards in-order to work in the field legally.

These two days are my favorite of the year due to how it gives an amazing cross section of the major as a whole, and in doing so, we are able to voice our opinions on what works, what doesn't work, and what we would like to see happen in the future. This allows our professors to get a great look at the fine tuning of the major and that definitely aids them when it comes to providing the data needed to remain an accredited major here at William Woods.

On an end note, I would love to wish everyone a great Social Work Month from the department as a whole!

-Ryan

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