Public Disclosure on Master's Student Performance

(In compliance with the requirement of American Library Association, Committee on Accreditation)

Programs accredited by ALA: Master of Library Science (MLS); Master of Arts in Library Science (MA)

Basic Enrollment Statistics

  2015 2016
Master's student enrollment 231 282
Size of faculty (in FTE) 14.25 15.5
FTE Student to Faculty Ratio 16 18
Master's Degrees Awarded 135 145
Retention Rate 81% 86%
Employment Rate 93% 88%

(Sources: COA Trend Summary, TWU Office of Institutional Research & Data Management, and SLIS Exit Survey)

 

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

Objective 1: Students will be able to effectively integrate content knowledge addressed throughout the program, as outlined in the ALA Core Competences of Librarianship, and apply that knowledge in a library setting.

Student Learning Outcome Criterion for Success  2015-2016 Outcomes 
Assessment Measure 1: Practicum Final Evaluation, Professional Competence Assessment: Evaluation of student performance in a library setting during the practicum experience Broad categories of skills assessed include: Professionalism, Information Resources, Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information, User Services/Reference, Independent Project/Research, Continuing Education, and Administration/Management. 85% of students rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all skill categories on the Final Evaluation 95% (N = 103)
Assessment Measure 2: Practicum Waiver Application, Professional Competence Assessment: Students applying to waive the Practicum submit the Practicum Waiver Application. Students provide factual documentation regarding their experience with each of the following broad categories of skills: Professionalism, Information Resources, Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information, User Services/Reference, Independent Project/Research, Continuing Education, and Administration/Management. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all skill categories on the Waiver Rubric 91% (N = 27)
Assessment Measure 3: SLIS Student Survey, Professional Competence Assessment: Self-assessment of professional knowledge and skills by graduating students Students rate their perceived level of competence in each of the following broad categories of skills: Professionalism, Information Resources, Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information, User Services/Reference, Independent Project/Research, Continuing Education, and Administration/Management. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all skill categories on the survey 97% (N = 20)

Objective 2: Students will be able to effectively articulate plans for continuous, career-long professional development, by setting goals for the next 3-5 years.

Student Learning Outcome Criterion for Success 2015-2016 Outcomes
Assessment Measure 1: Final Examination Portfolio Evaluation (Part 1), Work Products and Essay about Work Products: Students are evaluated on the quality of their essay and the work products submitted. 85% rated minimally as “Satisfactory” across all categories 97% (N = 145)
Assessment Measure 2: Final Examination Portfolio Evaluation (Part 2), Professional Development Plan: Students are evaluated on the quality of their professional development plan. 85% rated minimally as “Satisfactory” across all categories 92% (N = 145)

Objective 3: Students will be able to effectively employ current information and communication technologies to meet information needs in library settings.

Student Learning Outcome Criterion for Success 2015-2016 Outcomes
Assessment Measure 1: Practicum Final Evaluation, Technological Knowledge and Skills: Evaluation of student performance in a library setting during the practicum experience on the Technological Knowledge and Skills competency. Students are evaluated on 5 technology competency areas. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all technology skills on the Final Evaluation 93% (N = 103)
Assessment Measure 2: Practicum Waiver Application, Technological Knowledge and Skills: Students applying to waive the Practicum submit the Practicum Waiver Application. Students provide factual documentation of their experience in the Technological Knowledge and Skills competency. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" for technology skills on the Waiver Rubric 93% (N = 27)
Assessment Measure 3: SLIS Student Survey, Technological Knowledge and Skills: Self-assessment of Technological Knowledge and Skills by graduating students Students rate themselves on 5 technology competency areas. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all technology skills on the survey 99% (N = 20)

Source: TWU SLIS Academic Institutional Improvement Report, 2015-2016