MLIS Student Achievement Data | Kent State University

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 is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).  It is the only program in the State of Ohio and serves students primarily through our online program.

According to the ALA Committee on Accreditation standards:  

  • Accreditation in higher education is defined as a collegial process based on self- and peer assessment for public accountability and improvement of academic quality. 
  •  Accreditation serves to ensure educational quality, judged in terms of demonstrated results in supporting the educational development of students. Judgments are made by carefully vetted, unbiased practitioners and faculty professionals at the expert level.

The full standards are available on the ALA.


Student Profile, Achievements


Admission Decisions for the MLIS Program: 2011-2018

Status

Academic Year

 Fall-Spring

Total/

Overall

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

 

Regular

322

357

353

364

291

266

201

2,154

% Regular

87.50%

83.80%

90.28%

89.22%

85.59%

88.08%

87.77%

87.42%

Conditional

44

54

33

36

30

23

26

246

% Conditional

11.96%

12.68%

8.44%

8.82%

8.82%

7.62%

11.35%

9.98%

Denied

2

15

5

8

19

13

2

64

% Denied

0.54%

3.52%

1.28%

1.96%

5.59%

4.30%

0.87%

2.60%

Total

368

426

391

408

340

302

229

2464

 

Employment Picture of 2016 Graduates


Enrollment 2015-2017

Fall semester

iSchool unique headcount

iSchool multiple program headcount

iSchool FTE (15 hrs)

iSchool FTE (8 hrs)

MLIS headcount

MLIS FTE (15 hrs)

MLIS FTE (8 hrs)

MLIS headcount % of iSchool unique 

MLIS FTE  %of iSchool FTE

2017

625

762

242.4

454.5

540

227.68

427

86.4%

93.9%

2016

804

835

311.15

583.5

572

230.54

432.38

71.1%

74.1%

2015

843

885

351.62

659.13

620

273.42

512.5

73.5%

77.8%


Enrollment and Graduation by Cohort

COHORT

ENROLLED

After 1 Yr

After 2 Yrs

After 3 Yrs

After 4 Yrs

After 5 Yrs

After 6 Yrs

2008 Fall

332

12.65%

55.12%

74.10%

79.52%

81.93%

84.64%

2009 Spring

29

6.90%

27.59%

65.52%

75.86%

79.31%

79.31%

2009 Fall

282

11.35%

50.71%

71.99%

80.14%

81.56%

81.91%

2010 Spring

57

5.26%

54.39%

73.68%

78.95%

78.95%

82.46%

2010 Fall

216

6.48%

50.46%

69.91%

74.54%

76.39%

77.78%

2011 Spring

56

0.00%

35.71%

50.00%

60.71%

71.43%

75.00%

2011 Fall

205

6.34%

50.73%

68.78%

76.59%

79.02%

80.49%

2012 Spring

67

1.49%

35.82%

56.72%

64.18%

67.16%

 

2012 Fall

224

5.36%

48.21%

70.98%

75.89%

78.57%

 

2013 Spring

83

7.23%

33.73%

65.06%

71.08%

 

 

2013 Fall

207

4.35%

42.51%

69.08%

74.88%

 

 


Kent State MLIS Graduates 2014-2016, 225 in 2014, 230 in 2015 and 232 in 2016

Student Achievement

 

Employment Picture of 2016 Graduates

The iSchool surveyed 2016 graduates of the MLIS program in August 2017 using the Library Journal questionnaire.  Of those who responded:

  • 83% are employed in a field related to their program of study
  • 91% of those employed have permanent positions
  • 82% of those employed are in fulltime professional positions
  • 43% of those not previously employed in a LISrelated position, we able to find employment before graduation
  • 61% 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:

Employer Types: Other (5.88%), Private Industry (5.88%), Government Library (2.94%), Special Library (2.94%), Public Library (50%), Elementary/Secondary School (8.82%), Archives/Special Collections (5.88%), Academic Library (14.71%)

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%


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