MARA CORE COMPETENCIES (Program Learning Outcomes)

Statement of Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

A set of MARA Program Learning Outcomes—a core of knowledge, skills and abilities—are integrated into required courses that provide the foundation for the curriculum that prepares graduates for success in the fields of both archives and records and information management.

One or more Program Learning Outcomes are explicitly integrated into every required MARA course, and every syllabus lists the Program Learning Outcomes addressed in the course.  Students demonstrate mastery of all MARA Program Learning Outcomes before graduation by completing an e-Portfolio culminating experience.  The e-Portfolio provides a program-based assessment as each student demonstrates mastery of all Program Learning Outcomes through reflective essays supported by a wide array of artifacts, evidence, exhibits, assignments, and experiences produced throughout their program.

Note: See competencies mapped to classes and to University Learning Goals.

Upon completion of the MARA program, students will be able to:

A. Articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of archives and records management professionals and appreciate the important role record keepers play in social memory and organizational accountability

B. Recognize the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of records, recordkeeping, and records use

C. Understand the evolution of information recordkeeping systems in response to technological change

D. Have expertise in the basic concepts and principles used to identify, evaluate, select, organize, maintain, and provide access to records of current and enduring value

E. Understand the system of standards and structures endorsed and utilized by the recordkeeping professions, particularly in the areas of electronic records and digital assets management

F. Apply fundamental management theories and principles to the administration of records and recordkeeping organizations

G. Know the legal requirements and ethical principles involved in records management and the role the recordkeeper plays in institutional compliance and risk management

H. Be conversant with current information technologies and best practices relating to records preservation and security

I. Understand research design and research methods and possess the analytical, written, and oral communication skills to synthesize and disseminate research findings

J. Identify ways in which archivists and records managers can contribute to the cultural, economic, educational, and social well being of our global communities. (effective for inclusion in e-Portfolios for Spring 2015 admits and forward)