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Awards / Honors

Social Work's Buchan receives national recognition

May 14, 2010

Vicky Buchan, professor in the School of Social Work, College of Applied Human Sciences, was recently honored with the Distinguished Contemporary Contribution to Baccalaureate Social Work Education award at the 27th Annual Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Developed national assessment instrument

Buchan (at right) is being recognized for her involvement in developing a national assessment instrument, the Baccalaureate Education Assessment Project. Early in her career, she became interested in assessment in higher education, and developed a model for the Colorado State BSW and MSW programs that included multiple instruments following students from program entry to post-graduate status. Buchan’s early efforts and collaboration with several others led to the development of the Baccalaureate Education Assessment Project in 1998 and continues to be used in many schools throughout the nation.

The assessment system is offered to members of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors for evaluation purposes. It includes surveys for both students and alumni. The Baccalaureate Education Assessment Project is responsible for developing survey instruments, processing data, and providing detailed reports on undergraduate social work education.

Joined CSU in 1987

Buchan joined the CSU faculty as an assistant professor in 1987. In addition to her work in the area of baccalaureate program assessment, she has been a co-investigator on a multidisciplinary center since 1991, the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, addressing agricultural occupational health and injury funded continually by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as a sector of the Centers for Disease Control.

Buchan became deputy director of the Center in 2003, serving as lead researcher on projects developing and evaluating prevention education projects. She also has been funded to evaluate the work of all of the agricultural centers, a collaborative, multisite evaluation project. For this and other research Buchan is a past recipient of the College of Applied Human Sciences Scholarly Excellence Award.

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