Evaluation and Assessment #3

3. (62) Intended learning outcomes at the course and program level are reviewed regularly to ensure clarity, utility, and appropriateness.

Not Observed      Insufficient      Moderate Use      Meets Criterion Completely

Program Based Assessment

The iSchool uses a culminating e-portfolio as a program-based assessment to ensure that each student demonstrates mastery of all student learning outcomes (core competencies) for the MLIS degree before graduation.
MLIS Program Learning Outcomes (core competencies)

Rubrics used to evaluate the e-Portfolio

The program based learning outcomes (core competencies) are reviewed as part of the 7 year accreditation cycle per the overall curriculum review cycle.

Table II.3 Curriculum Review Calendar for Current Accreditation Period

Curriculum Component Timeline
Current Accreditation Period: Review #1  
Specializations and Course Clusters Fall 2007-Spring 2008
Culminating Experience Fall 2008 - Spring 2009
Core Courses, INFO 203, AND INFO 285 Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
Current Accreditation Period: Review #2  
Career Pathways Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
Course Clusters Fall 2011
Culminating Experience Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Core Courses, INFO 203, and INFO 285 Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Review and Measurement of Individual Program Learning Outcomes

Starting with the Fall 2007 semester, the iSchool has collected data each semester on the number of revisions needed to satisfactorily demonstrate achievement of a defined subset of five of the MLIS Program Learning Outcomes or Core Competencies presented in students' culminating electronic portfolios. Our goal is to have 90% or better of INFO 289 (e-Portfolio) students who need no or only 1 revision to a Statement of Competency, the essay in which they demonstrate achievement of a specific Program Learning Outcome. If less than 90% of students submit work at that level, then that identifies for the faculty a need for curricular review of the courses that address that Program Learning Outcome. We are in the process of reviewing all of the competencies a second time as part of our ongoing curricular review process.

Course Student learning objectives and Course Mapping to Program Core Competencies

Each course has both student learning objectives as well as core compeencies defined for that particular class.

Course syllabi feature the direct correlation of assignments to specific learning outcomes. See the "Assignments" section of course syllabi for recent semesters.

When a new course is developed, the course-level outcomes must be submitted and approved by the school's curriculum committee.

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