Starting in Fall 2009, all students completing the 36-hour Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree are required to successfully complete an outcomes assessment in order to graduate. This Graduation Assessment is an opportunity for students to reflect on their cumulative learning experiences in the school. The contents of the Graduation Assessment focus on professional skills and knowledge developed during students' coursework. After ascertaining that all required materials are present, submitted graduation assessment is evaluated by a faculty committee consisting of a minimum of two full-time faculty members.
The Graduation Assessment includes all the following items:
- A reflective essay
- Artifacts or assignments supporting student learning outcome proficiency as discussed in the reflective essay
- A professional resume
- Completed survey in Graduation Assessment Canvas site
In the reflective essay, students demonstrate their competency in the school’s learning outcomes, analyze the contribution of included artifacts to the student’s professional development and describe their beliefs regarding the professional responsibilities of an information professional. An artifact in the context of the Graduation Assessment may refer to any sample work a student has completed in a course since entering SIS.
Complete details about the Graduation Assessment, including its evaluation, are available.
Data concerning MLIS student performance on the Graduation Assessment outcomes assessment are available.