March 17, 2018

ALA Announces Latest Accreditation Decisions

By Lynn Blumenstein

Catholic University program released from conditional status, but not Buffalo

  • Continued accreditation for Iowa, S. Florida, Tennessee
  • Buffalo needs to boost online program, electives, assessments, advisement efforts
  • Buffalo already addressing issues with more faculty hires

The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced accreditation actions taken earlier this month at the Annual Conference in Chicago.

Three programs were granted continued accreditation status, with the next "comprehensive review visit" scheduled for 2016. They are the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City; Master of Arts in Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa; and Master of Science in Information Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Continued accreditation status and release from conditional status was granted to the Master of Science in Library Science program offered by the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for 2016.

In Buffalo
The Master of Library Science program offered by the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, was granted continued conditional accreditation, with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled for 2012.

According to UB MLS professor and department chair Judith Schiek Robinson, in a message to the WNYLIB discussion list, the COA identified the following areas for improvement: demonstration of systematic planning for the online MLS program, increased availability of course electives, broadening of assessment of learning outcomes, and student advisement.

Many of the COA-cited issues resulted from loss of full-time faculty between 2007 and 2009, wrote Robinson. But improvement is already under way, she noted, as three new faculty members have been hired to begin this fall.

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