Cheryl Cooper, LSW Director of Field Instruction Social Work MSW Program P. 215-219-4783 Francis Hall Room 301 400 Saint Bernardine Street Reading, PA 19607 Zoom Link 794 739 3969 Alvernia.edu
Cheryl Cooper, LSW
Director of Field Instruction
Social Work MSW Program
Francis Hall Room 301
400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
Zoom Link 794 739 3969
We grade Seminar as a letter grade as there are written assignments and regular class meetings. We grade the internship as Pass/Fail based on the completion of hours and a passing evaluation. The reason we grade P/F for the internship are:
* We want the focus to be on growth and feedback. We use a 10 point scale, and don't expect students to be at 9s or 10s in their first couple quarters. Even in their final quarter, we want students to view their rating as indication of growth, so we didn't want to tie them to a grade. Having a rating of 6, for example, in one competency area doesn't mean that they are failing all of field, it simply means that either they've shown a lot of growth from previous quarters in that specific area, and/or it means they have a specific area for growth still. We like to focus on the feedback and showing students that graduate school will prepare them with the base level of expected competency, and then they will continue to grow and learn continuously post graduation. We consider ratings of 1-2 to be failing ratings.
* There is no way to have inter-rater reliability with field evaluations, so letter grades would be so subjective.
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