2019-2020 School of Social Work Fact Book

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2019-2020

FACT BOOK

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COLLABORATE. INNOVATE. TRANSFORM.

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Our Vision To lead the country in communityengaged research in health, behavioral health, social and economic justice solutions for Alabama and the nation.

UASSW is where legends are made and innovation is taking place. Established in 1965 by an act of the Alabama Legislature, The University of Alabama School of Social Work celebrated 50 years since its first MSW class arrived at UA with school-wide festivities in 2017. The school was founded to address the state’s critical shortage of and pressing need for professionally trained social workers, and we continue to evolve to produce innovators, change agents and social activists in our field. We are proud to lead the charge in training students for tomorrow’s workforce. Prior to 1965, there were fewer than 100 trained social workers in the state. Today, our program is the only one of its kind in the state that offers BSW, MSW, DSW and PhD degrees in social work. Our strong commitment to academic excellence means we must be innovative in how we educate social work students to provide them with a high-quality educational experience. Our students and highly distinguished faculty use innovation in the classroom and interdisciplinary, research-based knowledge to address social problems, transform lives and develop solutions that change our world for the better. You will find UASSW’s 2019-20 Fact Book highlights the areas we are experiencing growth, transforming for the better and pushing boundaries to shape communities, individuals and families in our state, nation and beyond.


OUR LEADERSHIP

For more information about the UA School of Social Work’s admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, contact a member of our administration. To apply for admission, visit us at socialwork.ua.edu/admissions.

LESLEY REID Interim Dean lwreid@ua.edu (205) 348-3924

HEE YUN LEE Associate Dean for Research hlee94@ua.edu (205) 348-6553

JAVONDA WILLIAMS Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Student Services jwilliams11@sw.ua.edu (205) 348-3926

DAPHNE CAIN Associate Dean for Administrative Services dscain@ua.edu (205) 348-9902

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Box 870314 | Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0314 | Telephone: (205) 348-7027 | Fax : (205) 348-9419


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT SERVICES


2019-20

ACADEMIC & STUDENT SERVICES By the Numbers

231

BSW STUDENTS

591

TOTAL COURSE OFFERINGS

426

MSW STUDENTS

20

DSW STUDENTS

$2,808,330 SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENTS

12

26

PHD STUDENTS

40%

OF OUR STUDENTS IDENTIFY FROM DIVERSE ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS

18:1

SOCIAL WORK STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO

The University of Alabama School of Social Work Office of Student Services provides: • Career Services • Student Learning Assessments • Advising Services

• Recruitment and Retention Services • Scholarships/Stipends • Orientations and Information Sessions


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK


2019-20

BSW PROGRAM

236

BSW MAJORS

Child Welfare

By the Numbers

47

119

DEGREES AWARDED

Aging

Psychopathology

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM STUDENTS (3.20 AVERAGE GPA)

Human Trafficking

Specialty Course Offerings Juvenile Delinquency

CAMPUS AND ONLINE PROGRAMS

Animal Assisted Therapy

Death and Dying

Social Work in Sports

lndividualized academic and professional advising for every student Opportunities to work with faculty on research projects Stipends for students in need of tuition assistance Unique field placements locally and globally, including our premiere Washington, D.C. Internship Program Preparation for licensure

Military Social Work


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK


2019-20

MSW PROGRAM

78%

400

MSW COURSE SECTIONS OFFERED

AVERAGE GPA

2

RANKED

GRADUATE SCHOOLS

BEST SOCIAL WORK 2020

44th

Offered in six locations throughout the state of Alabama for online students Locations in Georgia and Mississippi Virtual option featured in Georgia and Mississippi

COORDINATED DEGREES

(MSW/MPH AND MSW/JD)

BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

$113,000 IN STIPENDS

SKILLS LABS

3.82

OF MSW STUDENTS ARE DISTANCE LEARNERS

STUDENTS ENROLLED (CAMPUS AND ONLINE)

553

By the Numbers

3 24 5

States represented

Countries represented (Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, China and Canada)

UA GRADUATE FELLOWS

(2 MCNAIR, 1 UA GRADUATE COUNCIL)


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

DOCTORATE OF SOCIAL WORK


DSW PROGRAM

By the Numbers

2

20 STUDENTS IN FIRST DSW COHORT

7.95 AVERAGE NUMBER OF YEARS OF POST-MSW EXPERIENCE

PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS: ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE, ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

30% STUDENTS WHO ARE ETHNIC/RACIAL MINORITIES

14.8%

8 IN-STATE STUDENTS

GADE

2019-20

ADMISSIONS RATE FOR FIRST COHORT

THE UASSW DSW PROGRAM IS A MEMBER OF THE GROUP FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF DOCTORAL EDUCATION (GADE) IN SOCIAL WORK.


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

PhD IN SOCIAL WORK


2019-20

PhD PROGRAM

By the Numbers

100%

100%

STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AS RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

STUDENTS RECEIVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS FULL TUITION, HEALTH INSURANCE AND A STIPEND

BY YEAR TWO IN THE PROGRAM OVER

90%

OF STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED TRAVEL FUNDING TO GIVE PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCES

UA Social Work Ph.D. Program Applications, Admissions & Enrollment, 2010-2019

UA SOCIAL WORK PH.D. PROGRAM APPLICATIONS, ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT, 2010-2019

3

UA GRADUATE COUNCIL FELLOWS

40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

Applications completed Admissions offers Enrolled

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2

UA COMMUNITYENGAGEMENT GRADUATE FELLOWS

2019

Admissions to the PhD program have steadily increased over the past five years. The program admissions rate is now about

GADE

20%

THE UASSW PHD PROGRAM IS A MEMBER OF THE GROUP FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF DOCTORAL EDUCATION (GADE) IN SOCIAL WORK.


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

FIELD EDUCATION PROGRAM


2019-20

FIELD EDUCATION

500+

FIELD AGENCY OPPORTUNITIES FOR BSW AND MSW STUDENTS

600+

MSW DC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ALUMNI

11

INTERNATIONAL FIELD PLACEMENTS (MEXICO, GHANA, SOUTH KOREA, CHINA, LONDON, NAMIBIA)

By the Numbers

#1 IN THE NATION FOR BEING THE ONLY SCHOOL OUTSIDE THE WASHINGTON, D.C. METRO AREA TO OFFER A SEMESTER-LONG INTERNSHIP IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL

41 YEARS

MSW WASHINGTON, D.C. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

240+

STUDENTS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FLY-IN SINCE 2017

296,300 HOURS OF ANNUAL COMMUNITY SERVICE


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

RESEARCH


2019-20

RESEARCH

By the Numbers

FACULTY SUBMISSIONS

38 SUBMISSIONS FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING

124%

Ranked 5th IN NUMBER OF UNIVERSITY-WIDE EXTERNAL SUBMISSIONS

INCREASE IN EXTERNAL SUBMISSIONS (SINCE 2014)

EXTERNAL FACULTY AWARDS

$14.8

MILLION TOTAL EXTERNAL RESEARCH FUNDING

2

RESEARCH INSTITUTES YOUTH SERVICES INSTITUTE OFFICE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES AND VETERANS

2

RESEARCH JOURNALS

(The Journal of Social Work in End-ofLife and Palliative Care and the Best Practices in Mental Health Journal)

#3

FOR UNIVERSITY-WIDE EXTERNAL FUNDING AWARDS

$ TOP 4 FUNDING AGENCIES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration United States Department of Justice Health Resources and Services Administration National Institutes of Mental Health

103%

INCREASE IN EXTERNAL RESEARCH FUNDING, 2014-2019

4

VISITING SCHOLARS

(2 SOUTH KOREA, CHINA, BRAZIL)


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

ALUMNI AND GIVING


2019-20

ALUMNI AND GIVING

7,000+ ALUMNI WORLDWIDE LEADING IN POLICY ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH

7,500

$

By the Numbers

88

4,569

INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI (With Hong Kong having the largest representation)

ALUMNI LIVING IN ALABAMA

THREE-YEAR PERCENTAGE OF: NON-ALUMNI DONORS

Raised toward the School’s 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, exceeding the $5,000 goal in just four hours. The monies raised provided books for 10 students.

$5.4 Million

IN SOCIAL WORK AND SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENTS

(next largest states are Georgia and Mississippi)

ALUMNI DONORS

32% 68%

2 DONOR BOARDS (SOCIAL WORK SOCIETY, BOARD OF FRIENDS)


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