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The curriculum in a social work program educates people for direct practice with individual, families, and small groups. During the first two academic terms, counseling and intervention courses are provided. Beginning in their third term of studies, all students are required to participate in practica/internships in order to get hands-on experience and develop direct practice skills. Faculty have found that there is not always a correlation between successful classroom performance and successful practice performance. Some “A” students do not translate classroom learning to practice skills. Conversely, other students show great strength in practice settings but do not distinguish themselves in the classroom. How can student evaluations be implemented so that students who may struggle—or who may even be inappropriate for the profession—can be identified before the large investment of half of their academic program?