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College of Information and Communications


Placement of our Graduates

Graduates of the School of Library and Information Science exemplify our values of leadership, service, and community outreach. They are equipped with research skills and a core foundation of best practices to be major contributors to the profession. They have received high‐quality professional education, research and internship opportunities, and interaction with emerging technology to enhance library and information services.

Key MLIS Program Highlights

1. We admit approximately 140 MLIS students per academic year and graduate approximately 135 MLIS students per year.

2. Our typical student has a cumulative GPA of 3.37, an average MAT score of 419, and an average GRE score of 308.

3. Our retention rate is just over 86%.

4. A Placement Survey of our December 2016 graduates offered the following results:

  • A 37% response rate.
  • 71.4% of respondents are employed full time and 80% found a job in one to two months
  • 61.5% worked in their current job while in the program.
  • Almost 54% of graduates received a promotion and/or a raise upon degree completion
  • 38.5% make at least $41,000.
  • A sample of job titles of graduates:
      • access services librarian
      • government documents librarian
      • outreach librarian
      • school librarian

Spring 2017 Program Assessment Results

MLIS students are assessed annually via an end‐of‐program Portfolio. Students must display proficiency in six competency areas (learning outcomes): information and its organization; provision of information services; leadership and management; research in the LIS field; technology in the LIS field; and lifelong learning and professional development. Results (as seen below) are used to guide faculty decisions on the curriculum and assessment process.

Learning Outcome 1

Upon completion of the MLIS program, students will demonstrate competency in information and its organization. 
Artifact Selection

Artifact Selection

  • 96% selected work samples clearly related to the learning outcome

  • 4% selected work samples somewhat related to the learning outcome

Reflective Essay


  • 88% exemplary (provided specific, detailed (exemplary) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)

  • 12% proficient (provided satisfactory (proficient) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)


No School Library Portfolio learning outcomes align with this learning outcome.

Learning Outcome 2

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate competency in the provision of information services.

Artifact Selection

  • 92% selected work samples clearly related to the learning outcome
  • 8% selected work samples somewhat related to the learning outcome

Reflective Essay

  • 88% exemplary (provided specific, detailed (exemplary) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)
  • 12% proficient (provided satisfactory (proficient) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)

School Library Portfolio Results

Learning Outcome III, School Library Collection and Resource Access and Management aligns most closely with this provision of information services learning outcome.

  • 91% exceptional
  • 9% very good

Learning Outcome 3

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate competency in leadership and management in the LIS field.

Artifact Selection

  • 96% selected work samples clearly related to the learning outcome
  • 4% proficient (selected work samples somewhat related to the learning outcome)

Reflective Essay

  • 88% exemplary (provided specific, detailed (exemplary) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)
  • 12% proficient (provided satisfactory (proficient) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)

School Library Portfolio Results

Learning Outcome I, School Library Program Planning and Assessment aligns most closely with this leadership and management learning outcome. (N=22)

  • 91% exceptional
  • 9% very good

Learning Outcome 4

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate competency in research in the LIS field.

 Artifact Selection

  • 100% selected work samples clearly related to the learning outcome

Reflective Essay

  • 92% exemplary (provided specific, detailed (exemplary) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)
  • 8% proficient (provided satisfactory (proficient) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)

No School Library Portfolio learning outcomes align with this learning outcome.

Learning Outcome 5

Upon completion of the program, s tudents will demonstrate competency in technology in the LIS field.

Artifact Selection

  • 96% selected work samples clearly related to the learning outcome
  • 4% proficient (selected work samples somewhat related to the learning outcome)

Reflective Essay

  • 96% exemplary (provided specific, detailed (exemplary) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)
  • 4% unsatisfactory (did not provide examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)

No School Library Portfolio learning outcomes align with this learning outcome.

Learning Outcome 6

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning and professional development within the LIS field.

Artifact Selection

  • 96% selected work samples clearly related to the learning outcome
  • 4% proficient (selected work samples somewhat related to the learning outcome)

Reflective Essay

  • 88% exemplary (provided specific, detailed (exemplary) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)
  • 12% proficient (provided satisfactory (proficient) examples of how the artifact demonstrated the competency)

School Library Portfolio Results

Learning Outcome V, Professional Growth, Development, and Leadership aligns most closely with this lifelong learning and professional development outcome.

  • 82% exceptional
  • 14% very good
  • 4% unacceptable