ILS Program Assessment

The Department of Information & Library Science (ILS) assesses the Master of Library Science (MLS) degree and the Master of Information Science (MIS) degree yearly as part of the ongoing accreditation in the following areas: Recruitment, Retention, Graduation & Placement. Also listed here are the student learning outcomes for each program and the grading rubric for all courses. The ILS faculty regularly review the Department's vision, mission, and goals and create a strategic plan as part of a systematic planning process. In addition to the various faculty committeees that steer the program, ILS also has a  Student Advisory Council that gives voice to student concerns and provides a method for student input.

Student Learning Outcomes

The faculty of ILS adopted the following student learning outcomes as of August 14, 2017 for each degree that will be evaluated in 2018:

Master of Library Science

The Department of Information & Library Science’s goal is that students who complete the MLS program will be prepared to:

  1. Assist and educate users of libraries and information tools and environments.
  2. Identify, secure, organize and represent information resources.
  3. Provide effective leadership using appropriate management and evaluation tools.
  4. Demonstrate skills for THE storage, transmission, and retrieval of digital resources.
  5. Demonstrate critical and appropriate technical expertise for chosen career path.
  6. Understand and apply the ethical, cultural, and social values and traditions of the profession.
Master of Information Science

Upon completion of the MIS program, graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze, evaluate, design, and manage information technologies to support effective organizational activities, work practices, and human usability.
  2. Employ a sound conceptual foundation and critical understanding of research to enable them to develop strong, leadership-oriented careers as information professionals.
  3. Develop appropriate information management strategies and policies for organizations.
  4. Understand the theoretical and practical bases of information organization, storage, delivery, and retrieval systems.
  5. Understand the economic, social, political, and strategic value, and the ethical use of information and information technologies.​

Grading Rubric

All of ILS courses are graded using the following policy:

Grade G.P.A. Percentage Definition
A 4.0 95

Outstanding achievement—Student performance demonstrates full command of the course materials and evinces a high level of originality and/or creativity that far surpasses course expectations.

A- 3.7 90 Excellent achievement—Student performance demonstrates thorough knowledge of the course materials and exceeds course expectations by completing all requirements in a superior manner.
B+ 3.3 87 Very good work—Student performance demonstrates above-average comprehension of the course materials and exceeds course expectations on all tasks as defined in the course syllabus.
B 3.0 83 Good work—Student performance meets designated course expectations, demonstrates understanding of the course materials and performs at an acceptable level.
B- 2.7 80 Marginal work—Student performance demonstrates incomplete understanding of course materials
C+ 2.3 77 Unsatisfactory work—Student performance demonstrates incomplete and inadequate understanding of course materials.
C 2.0 73 Unsatisfactory work—Student performance demonstrates incomplete and inadequate understanding of course materials
C- to D- 1.7 to 0.7 70 to 60 Unacceptable work—Coursework performed at this level will not count toward the MLS or MIS degree. For the course to count toward the degree, the student must repeat the course with a passing grade.
F 0.0 0 Failing—Student may continue in program only with permission of the Dean.