The Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) program has earned full reaccreditation from the American Library Association (ALA).

  The Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) program has earned full reaccreditation from the American Library Association (ALA)

Accreditation is achieved through a review process conducted by an external review panel of practitioners and academics that verifies the program meets the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies.

“Graduating from an ALA-accredited program provides flexibility in the types of jobs our students can apply for and enhances their career mobility,” said Information Studies (IS) Department Chair Phil Eppard.  “Most employers require an ALA-accredited Master's degree for most professional level positions, and some states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries.”

“We are proud that the College of Computing & Information’s MSIS program is one of only 63 Master’s programs in Library and Information Studies across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico,” said Dean Peter Bloniarz.  “Securing reaccreditation of the MSIS degree program required the effort of the whole college community, and the final summary report by the Accreditation Team praises the ‘quality’ of our students and faculty.”

Following are a few highlights from the summary report:

• Led by Dr. Stefl-Mabry, the IST faculty have developed the Student Learning Outcomes measurement (SLOAR), which is an excellent example of a solid technique for providing evidence that student outcomes are being achieved.
• Current research projects funded by external sources of Drs. Andersen, Yuan, Sinn, and Uzuner indicate that the faculty is active in areas that are relevant and important to the disciplines.
• The caliber of the archives faculty, particularly Dr. Eppard, is to be commended. The collaboration of these faculty members with faculty from converging fields, such as visual resources, multimedia, and e-government) is greatly beneficial to the program, particularly students.
• Given the length of time since the college was established, there is evidence of good communication and cooperation administratively and among faculty of the three departments in the college.

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