EDUCATION: Indicators of Progress

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Benchmark Statistics on the PhD Program, 2015-2016


43 PhD students enrolled in 2015-2016

Recruitment for incoming class of 2016: 35 applicants yielded 8 incoming students

Progress towards Milestones:

2015-2016 Students advancing to Candidacy (n=12):           

  • 100% were admitted to candidacy within 5 years of entering the program
  • 75% admitted to candidacy within 4 years of entering the program

2015-2016 Graduates (n=9):

  • 100% graduated within 9 years of entering the program;
  • 56% graduated within 6 years of entering the program 

Dr. Melissa Bessaha will begin a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare this summer.

Dr. Todd Vanidestine just finished his first year as an assistant professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work.

Dr. Matthew Uretsky (who successfully defended his dissertation in June 2016) will begin a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Portland State University School of Social Work this fall.

The photo below is from May 2016 convocation with Todd Vanidestine, Saltanat Childress, Peggy Beall, Melissa Bessaha, and Kyla Liggett-Creel (5 of the 7 Spring graduates).

Benchmark Statistics on the MSW Program, 2015-2016

Graduation rates:

Approximately 90% of MSW students graduated within expected range (i.e., 2 years for full-time students; 3-4 years for part-time students)

Licensing Pass rate:

86% of UMB MSW graduates pass the licensing exam, compared to 81% national average.

Engagement in International programs:

  • 25 students completed international travel courses
  • 20 students completed international Field placements

Student Course Evaluations:

  • 82% of faculty received student evaluations > 4.0 (out of 5.0). The average rating across all courses was 4.27.

Online/Hybrid learning:

  • 22 courses were taught online or in hybrid format during 2015-2016

RESEARCH: Indicators of Progress

Create, evaluate and implement social work innovations.

Research Metrics

SSW Tenure-track and research faculty had a productive year of leading externally funded research projects and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The metrics below depict several indicators of research productivity.  For the 35 tenure-track faculty, 91% had authored a peer-reviewed publication in the last year, 74% received external funding for their research, and 63% served as Principal Investigator (PI) on an externally funded project.

THE PROFESSION: Indicators of Progress

SSW Faculty have been engaged in the Grand Challenges for Social Work:

  • UMSSW faculty and PhD students have helped to author five of the working papers that undergird the 12 grand challenges.
  • Richard Barth, Nancy Dickinson, and Terry Shaw are authors of the paper entitled “Ending Severe and Fatal Maltreatment of Children” written for the End Family Violence Grand Challenge. 
  • Christine Callahan, and Jodi Frey  are authors of “Financial Capability and Asset Building for All” for the Build Financial Capability for All Grand Challenge. 
  • Sarah Butts and Matthew Uretsky are authors on “The Grand Challenge of Ending Homelessness” for the End Homelessness Grand Challenge. 
  • Former master’s student Michael Walter is an author of the “The Grand Challenge of Promoting Equality by Addressing Social Stigma” paper for the Grand Challenge to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice.
  • Jordan DeVylder authored the paper entitled “Prevention of Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness” written for the Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth Grand Challenge.

Faculty and staff are well represented in Professional Service

  • 17 School of Social Work faculty are editors, consulting, editors, associate editors, or editorial board members for 26 journals
  • 15 faculty serve on boards of national organizations addressing the research, teaching, or service needs of our population. These include the American Academy for Social Work and Social Welfare, the Society for Social Work and Research, The American Public Health Association, the Society for Prevention Research, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers
  • Faculty of the School serve on 54 different Boards or Commissions in Baltimore and Maryland.

The SSW is providing leadership in the development and evaluation of an array of interventions

  • High Fidelity Wrap Around Services,
  • CBT+,
  • Trauma-Adapted Family Connections,
  • Mpathy