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)
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
|Current Accreditation Period: Review #1|
|Specializations and Course Clusters||Fall 2007-Spring 2008|
|Culminating Experience||Fall 2008 - Spring 2009|
|Core Courses, LIBR 203, AND LIBR 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, LIBR 203, and LIBR 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 LIBR 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.