ERIC Number: ED351964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Graduate Credit Needs Assessment for Western Washington University Contract Trainings in the Division of Economic and Medical Field Services. [Final Report.]
This report presents results of a survey of 354 Economic and Medical Field Services (EMFS) division social workers in Washington State. The survey investigated their needs for graduate level academic credit from professional training provided by Western Washington University (WWU), as well as matters of credit utility and institutional and academic program choice. A strong majority of social workers indicated a preference for graduate credit for WWU training along with a mitigating concern over cost of credit as well as a desire to save obtainable graduate credits or use them to complete an unfinished program. Also, a majority of social workers desired a social work career with the Department of Social and Health Services and wished to undertake or complete a professionally associated graduate program. The age pattern of social workforce age, academic needs, and career intentions imply that a clear long-term group of benefits would accrue to the EMFS division if social workers' professional development needs are actively supported. These implied benefits include increased staff retention, job satisfaction, commitment and service delivery quality, and decreased error rates and new employee retraining and direct supervision costs. Implications and recommendations for EMFS staff development are provided. Appendices include the survey instrument and the narrative response catalog. Contains 16 references. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: Career Development, College Credits, Data Collection, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Graduate Study, Health Personnel, Higher Education, Needs Assessment, Occupational Aspiration, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Personnel, Skill Development, Social Workers, Telephone Surveys
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Western Washington Univ., Bellingham.