The SLIS is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), which requires that accredited institutions provide evidence of assessment and evaluation of student achievement. Systematic assessment is essential for successful strategic planning, so the SLIS relies on students, alumni, faculty and administrative sources. This page contains the information on our efforts toward program assessment and evaluation including learning outcomes and alumni achievement.
The NCCU SLIS provides information for 3 key measures:
- Learning Assessment
- Student Achievement
- Student Satisfaction
Program learning outcomes are the primary measure of Learning Assessment.
In accordance with University-level accreditation requirements, PLOs are specifically tied to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and are reviewed biennially.
A list of SLIS learning outcomes can be found here:
- SLIS Program Learning Outcomes: http://nccuslis.org/aboutslis/PLOs2008.pdf
- MIS Program Learning Outcomes (http://www.nccuslis.org/wiki/MIS_PLO.htm)
- MIS Student Learning Outcomes (http://www.nccuslis.org/wiki/MIS_SLO.htm)
- MLS/MIS_ProgramLearningOutcomes2015.doc MIS Student Learning Outcomes (http://www.nccuslis.org/wiki/MLS_MIS_ProgramLearningOutcomes2015.doc)
The Alumni survey provides some insight into student success. In the last report, over 80% of respondents reported being employed in a field related to their degree from the SLIS. Employment figure
The appended chart offers a non-comprehensive list of employers of SLIS graduates: AlumniEmployers2014-2015Report
Graduation and retention data are forthcoming.
Student/alumni satisfaction are assessed using an annual online survey.
The questions used in the most recent survey can be found here: Survey Questions (2014-2015)
A summary of results for the 2014-2015 survey is presented here: 2013-2015ResultsSummary
SLIS Strategic Plan:
The SLIS uses a strategic plan that is developed in conjunction with NCCU: SLIS Strategic Plan.
The newly revised strategic plan, “NCCU 2020: Measures of Progress” (http://www.nccu.edu/formsdocs/proxy.cfm?file_id=1224) outlines five priority areas that have driven strategic planning at SLIS:
1) Retention and Graduation;
2) Enhancing Academic Distinction and Distinctiveness;
3) Community Engagement;
4) Internal Communications Using Quality Service Initiative (QSI);
5) Teaching, Learning and Research.
North Carolina Central University, including the School of Library and Information Sciences, is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.
Summary statement of our process for achievement and assessment: Process for achievement and assessment_2018-01-30