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 1 – 6 scale. Scores of 1 – 2 constitute an unacceptable performance, 3 – 4 an acceptable performance and 5 – 6 a target performance.

Student Learning Objective (SLO)AY 2019-2020Fall 2019Spring 2020Fall 2020
SLO1. The student assesses the philosophy, principles, and ethics of
the library and information field.
SLO 2. The student identifies, evaluates, conducts, and applies current research and thought in library and information studies and in other fields.
SLO 3. The student applies and values user education principles in the
teaching of information literacy
SLO 4. The student designs services to meet the information needs of
all users and communities.
SLO 5. The student engages in professional development and service
and identifies specializations and related professional organizations
as relevant to individual interests.
SLO 6. The student applies appropriate technology for effective
information services.
SLO 7. The student applies advocacy, marketing, and communication principles for entrepreneurial leadership.
SLO 8. The student effectively collaborates for the achievement of
individual, organizational, professional, and societal goals.

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.


66% of students indicate they hold or will hold positions by the time they graduate.
One year data is forthcoming.

*Note: These data are from the 2018 Student Exit Surveys.

LIS Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Self-Study for the ALA Committee on Accreditation