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MLIS Student Achievement Data

Master of Library and Information Science program accreditation standards and outcomes

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program in the School of Information at Kent State University has been continuously reaccredited since 1961.  In February 2019, the MLIS program was reaccredited through 2025. It is the only program in the State of Ohio and serves students primarily through our online program.

 


Student Profile, Achievements

Persistence and Graduation Rates

Most MLIS students begin their programs in the fall semester.  To show the persistence rate of students, the table below focuses on students who start in the fall term.  All students who persist graduate but are not necessarily registered every semester.  Retention is only a measure of students who continuously enroll.  Kent State provides persistence and graduation statistics because of our focus on degree completion.
 

Percentage of Enrolled or Graduated Students per Cohort

TERM

ENROLLED

After 1 Year

After 2 Years

After 3 Years

After 4 Years

After 5 Years

After 6 Years

Fall 2011

205

85.85%

78.54%

79.51%

80.00%

80.98%

80.98%

Fall 2012

224

87.05%

81.70%

80.80%

79.91%

80.36%

81.70%

Fall 2013

207

84.06%

77.78%

79.23%

80.19%

79.71%

0.00%

Fall 2014

194

84.02%

79.38%

79.38%

80.41%

0.00%

N/A

Fall 2015

160

85.00%

80.63%

81.25%

0.00%

N/A

N/A

Fall 2016

116

85.34%

81.03%

0.00%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fall 2017

111

83.78%

0.00%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fall 2018

101

0.00%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Data report downloaded through Kent State University Institutional Research, 3/21/2019.

 

Many of the students in the MLIS program are employed while they study, resulting in time to completion taking 2-4 years for the majority.  The table below shows the graduation rates of the fall cohorts.  

 

 

Percentage of Graduated Students per Cohort

TERM

ENROLLED

After 1 Year

After 2 Years

After 3 Years

After 4 Years

After 5 Years

After 6 Years

Fall 2011

205

6.34%

50.73%

68.78%

76.59%

79.02%

80.49%

Fall 2012

224

5.36%

48.21%

70.98%

75.89%

78.57%

81.70%

Fall 2013

207

4.35%

42.51%

69.08%

74.88%

78.74%

0.00%

Fall 2014

194

1.55%

43.81%

68.56%

75.77%

0.00%

N/A

Fall 2015

160

2.50%

40.63%

66.25%

0.00%

N/A

N/A

Fall 2016

116

0.86%

34.48%

0.00%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fall 2017

111

3.60%

0.00%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fall 2018

101

0.00%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Data report downloaded through Kent State University Institutional Research, 3/21/2019.

Achieving Student Learning Outcomes

MLIS students are successful at achieving the learning outcomes of the program.  Through the student exit survey, an average of 75% of respondents feel confident or very confident in their mastery of program learning outcomes.  Below is a chart with the student achievement per each learning outcome.

Learning Outcome

% of students who are confident or very confident

Outcome 1a: Apply the field's foundational theories, principles, values, ethics, and skills to everyday practice.

- Analyze and discuss how environmental context governs and shapes information production, sharing, and management, including social, cultural, economic, and legal aspects of the information society

70.33%

Outcome 1b: Apply the field's foundational theories,
principles, values, ethics, and skills to everyday practice.   - Define core values and principles of information professions

79.12%

Outcome 1c: Apply the field's foundational theories, principles, values, ethics, and skills to everyday practice.

- Apply major theories, models and approaches describing how people access and use information to real-life contexts, and incorporate information fluency

74.73%

Outcome 2a: Critique and synthesize research and identify appropriate research methodologies to solve problems in the field

- Describe the range of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, that are used to investigate questions

61.54%

Outcome 2b: Critique and synthesize research and identify appropriate research methodologies to solve problems in the field

- Articulate and apply steps in the research process to identify a research problem, formulate a researchable question, choose an appropriate method to investigate a research problem, satisfy ethical concerns related to the protection of human subjects, data gathering, analyzing the data, drawing conclusions, and communicating the results 

68.13%

Outcome 2c: Critique and synthesize research and identify appropriate research methodologies to solve problems in the field

- Create an effective research proposal for conducting some form of guided research and/or for a financial grant application

59.34%

Outcome 3a: Analyze and engage in the changing cultural, educational, and social roles and responsibilities of librarians/information professionals and the environments they work in within the global society.

- Give examples of communities in which information institutions may be situated and describe political, social, technological, economic, and cultural forces that influence those communities

83.52%

Outcome 3b: Analyze and engage in the changing cultural, educational, and social roles and responsibilities of librarians/information professionals and the environments they work in within the global society.

- Investigate issues related to diversity, ethics and intellectual freedom in the context of the information ecology

78.02

Outcome 3c: Analyze and engage in the changing cultural, educational, and social roles and responsibilities of librarians/information professionals and  the environments they work in within the global society. - Explain characteristics of individuals, groups, and the organization that influence behavior and operations in information institutions

82.42%

Outcome 4a: Evaluate systems and technologies in order to implement improvements and innovations relevant to a particular information context.

- Recognize and define key concepts relating to technologies used in the organization, storage and retrieval, distribution, and consumption of information

67.03%

Outcome 4b: Evaluate systems and technologies in order to implement improvements and innovations relevant to a particular information context.

- Discriminate among information systems using core principles and functions of information organization and retrieval

64.84%

Outcome 4c: Evaluate systems and technologies in order to implement improvements and innovations relevant to a particular information context.

- Apply information organization concepts as they relate to searching, browsing, and navigating information retrieval systems of any type effectively

80.22%

Outcome 5a: Identify needs and connect individuals and communities with information that engages and empowers them. - Use different approaches to represent documents for retrieval in different environments at a basic level of proficiency

82.42%

Outcome 5b: Identify needs and connect individuals and communities with information that engages and empowers them.

- Apply major theories, models and approaches describing how people access and use information to real-life contexts, and incorporate information fluency

81.32%

Outcome 5c: Identify needs and connect individuals and communities with information that engages and empowers them.

- Distinguish among the different ways of valuing information and how definitions of value shape the ways in which information is created or produced, managed, distributed, and consumed

83.52%


 

Employment Picture of 2017 Graduates

The iSchool surveyed 2017 graduates of the MLIS program to determine employment success.  Of those who responded:

  • 92% are employed in a field related to their program of study
  • 91% of those employed have permanent positions
  • 76% of those employed are in full-time professional positions
  • 47% of those not previously employed in a LIS-related position, were able to find employment before graduation
  • 60% of graduates are employed in the type of institution they intended at the beginning of their studies.
  • Our graduates find employment in a variety of settings:

 

Our graduates take advantage of opportunities such as those listed below to help them secure their first professional position.  

 

Preparation most helpful in obtaining professional position: Other (8.06%), Additional certifications (4.84%), Networking with professionals (16.13%), Fieldwork practicum or internship (29.03%), Technology skills (20.97%), Type of information agency specialization (11.29%), Subject specialization (9.68%)

 

Employment at the time of survey 
(Post Graduation Employment survey, 2011-2015)

Percentage

Employed (all)

83.8%

Employed in field related to program

78.9%

Employed outside the field

4.9%

Not employed

16.2%

Professional position 

73.4%*

Paraprofessional position 

21.2%

Full-time employment 

79.3%

Part-time employment

19.4%

Employed in Ohio

64.4%

Employed outside Ohio

27.0%

Obtained current position after graduation with MLIS

62.2%

Current Position was obtained before MLIS graduation

36.0%

MLIS changed employment status at same employer

9.9%


Program Profile