MLIS Program Learning Outcomes

1. Program Learning Outcomes (MLIS Core Competencies)

  1. demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of intellectual freedom within that profession;
  2. describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice;
  3. recognize the diversity (such as cultural and economic) in the clientele and employees of an information organization and be familiar with actions the organization should take to address this diversity;
  4. apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy;
  5. design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems;
  6. use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items;
  7. demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele;
  8. demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies;
  9. use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information;
  10. describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;
  11. design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories;
  12. demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the ability to design a research project, and the ability to evaluate and synthesize research literature;
  13. demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations;
  14. evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria;
  15. (For students entering from Spring 2015) Identify ways in which information professionals can contribute to the cultural, economic, educational, and social well-being of our global communities.

2. Curriculum

Courses support core competencies and can be linked through Courses to Comps/Comps to Courses tool.

3. Course Learning Outcomes

Course learning outcomes can be found on every course syllabus. These outcomes will in turn link back to one or more Program Learning Outcomes.

4. Culminating Experience

The Electronic Portfolio (e-Portfolio) option is one of two ways (see also Thesis) in which a student may satisfy the University's requirements for a culminating experience. The goal of the e-Portfolio is to provide a program-based assessment to ensure that each student demonstrates mastery of all program learning outcomes (core competencies) for the degree before graduation.

5. Culminating Experience Assessment

Successful completion of the core competencies shows proficiency in the Program Learning Outcomes.