BSSW GATE 1 & Approval Process – SOWK 294

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 05/30/2022

Course Description

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires that all social work programs have a gatekeeping process to ensure that students have a thorough understanding of the profession of social work and will be a good fit for the program and profession. The BSSW program at Liberty University includes 4 gates. All students must apply for and be approved through all 4 gates to be eligible to graduate from the BSSW program. This SOWK 294 course includes the application process for GATE 1 of the BSSW program. This course is 0 credits and is Pass/Fail. Approval through GATE 1 indicates official acceptance into the BSSW program to pursue.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Successfully passing this course and gaining BSSW program approval through Gate 1 indicates a student’s approval into the BSSW Program.

Course Assignment

Course Overview and Instruction Readings

Course Requirements Checklist*

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Degree Completion Plan Audit Assignment*

The student will submit a PDF of his/her Degree Completion Plan Audit (DCPA).

This quiz is designed to assess the student's understanding of the purpose and structure of this course. The student must score a 100% on this quiz to receive credit for this assignment and continue in this course.

Order Confirmation for Background Check and Fingerprints Assignment*

Four course requirements are connected with these checks: Order Confirmation for Background Check and Fingerprints Assignment, Confirmation of Pending Results Assignment, and submitting the Results documents via the Background Check Results Assignment and the Fingerprint Results Assignment.

The purpose of this quiz is to verify that the student has sent off his or her recommendation requests to his or her personal and professional recommenders.

Autobiographical Statement Assignment*

This is a 6–7 page essay describing the student using the given prompts. It is used to help the department get to know the student and evaluate if an interview is needed.

Disclosure Statement Form Assignment*

The student must fill out and sign the Disclosure Statement Form to grant permission to the Field education staff of the Department of Social Work to release information from this form for the purpose of arranging field placements. 

The student will submit a screenshot of the To-Do list in his or her Castle Branch account showing that his or her Background Check and Fingerprints have been ordered and the documentation mailed off for processing with the company.

Gate 1 Application Packet Assignment*

This packet includes information about the student to help the department get to know him/her and evaluate if an interview is needed.

Quiz: Recommendations and Daon Follow Up*

This quiz functions as a reminder to check in on the following requirements:

  • Student follow up with Recommenders to ensure that all all recommendation forms are completed by the deadline.
  • Student Daon (DTIS) account check to see if fingerprint results are completed and ready to download. 

Personal Recommendation Assignment*

Three Recommendation Forms – not letters of recommendation – must be submitted for this course. This form must be completed by a non-relative (related by blood or marriage) and not a significant other, who has known you for a minimum of 2 years and who is 25+ years old. 

These must be completed by two people who have known the student in a professional context and is not a relative (related by blood or marriage) or a significant other. 

This Additional Recommendation is the second, required professional recommendation.

Quiz: Interview Selection*

This is to verify whether or not the student was selected for a Gate 1 Interview.

Quiz: Interview Confirmation*

This is to verify that the student knows the date and time of their interview if they have been selected for one. 

The student will submit his or her Background Check Results document.

The student will submit his or her Fingerprint Results document.

Social Work Licensure Assignment*

The student will complete and submit the Social Work Licensure document to help with understanding the licensure requirements for his or her state.

Quiz: Introduction to the Field Enrollment Process*

This quiz verifies that the student has reviewed the associated video orienting them to the Field Enrollment Process (the process of lining up an agency placement) for Field Experiences (internships). 

Quiz: Field Experiences and Enrollment FAQ*

This quiz verifies that students have reviewed the associated video which provides more information about future Field Experiences (internships) and commonly asked questions about the Field Enrollment Process (the process of lining up an agency placement). 

Quiz: Interview Completion*

All students must complete this quiz, even if they were not selected for a Gate 1 Interview. This quiz verifies that the student has either completed the Gate 1 Interview or was not selected for one.

Gate 1 Decision Assignment*

Completed by Department. The student's Gate decision will be emailed to him/her and posted within the gradebook. Approval (both full and provisional) will result in full awardance of points and completion of the Gate.

Quiz: Tutoring Resources*

This quiz ensures that the student has reviewed the content regarding available tutoring resources.

Quiz: Handshake Resource*

This quiz is designed to ensure that students are aware of the resources available to them through LU's Handshake platform.

This quiz verifies that students have reviewed the material about competency-based education.

*This assignment must be successfully completed to be eligible to pass the course