Library & Information Science (LIS)

New Program Learning Outcomes

(Approved for 1/13/2017 for Fall 2018 Implementation)

The following outcomes are undergirded by the application of ethics, the use of technology, and the value of diversity.

  1. Connect people to information and information technology, particularly to promote a just and equitable society [Information Organization, Access and Retrieval] **
  2. Assess and respond to the needs of diverse communities [Planning, Outreach & Assessment]
  3. Analyze problems and propose solutions through the application of evidence. [Evidence-based Practice]
  4. Utilize instructional strategies and communication in both formal and informal interactions to increase information competence [Instructional Communication and Methods]
  5. Advocate for public policies, laws, organizations, and resources that promote a just information society [Advocacy & Public Policy]
  6. Embrace change to lead organizational innovation. [Leadership, Management, Innovation, Professional Development/Lifelong Learning
  7. Communicate and collaborate with colleagues and communities [Written & Oral Communication, Team Work, Community Engagement]

**Broad categories in bold are presented here only to provide a helpful context for the outcomes as they relate to the planning documents and to the previous PLOs.

Mean MLIS Capstone Score

Capstone portfolios are scored on a 0 – 3 scale as follows: 0 – Fails to meet expectations; 1 – Below expectations; 2 – Meets expectations; 3 – Exceeds expectations.

Program Learning Outcome (PLO)AY 2020-2021Fall 2020Spring 2021Fall 2021
PLO1. Connect people to information and information technology, particularly to promote a just and equitable society [Information Organization and Access, Retrieval and Human Information Needs and Behaviors]2.0222.032
PLO 2. Assess and respond to the needs of diverse communities.2.022.122
PLO 3. Analyze problems and propose solutions through the application of evidence [Evidence Based Practice]2222
PLO 4. Utilize instructional strategies and communication in both formal and informal interactions to increase information competence. [Instructional Communication]2.022.122
PLO 5. Advocate for public policies, laws, organizations, and resources that promote a just information society [Advocacy and Public Policy]2222
PLO 6. Embrace change to lead organizational innovation. [Leadership, Innovation, and Management]2.0222.032
PLO 7. Communicate and collaborate with colleagues and communities. [Communication and Collaboration]2.1322.212

Note: AY is average of Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Retention Data

Average Retention Rate 87.75%

Fall 2011 Cohort 86% Retention
Spring 2012 Cohort 85% Retention
Fall 2012 Cohort 87% Retention
Spring 2013 Cohort 92% Retention

Time To Graduation Data*

Mean Time to Graduation, MLIS General Program: 2.6 years
Mean Time to Graduation, MLIS with School Media Licensure : 3.1 years

12% of students complete the program in less than two years
60% of students complete the program in in two years
46% of students complete the program in 2 – 3 years
12% of students complete the program in more than 3 years

*Note: These data are from February 1, 2021.

Placement*

85% of students indicate they hold or will hold positions in the field one year after graduation.

*Note: These data are from the 2021 Library Journal Placement and Salaries Student Survey.


LIS Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Self-Study for the ALA Committee on Accreditation