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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Continued Accreditation through the American Library Association.

Emporia State University is the only university in Kansas with a Master of Library Science degree fully accredited by the American Library Association. This degree, along with a variety of certificates and a doctoral degree, prepares information professionals for careers in both libraries and other information organizations. We also offer a School Library Media Licensure program which is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

PROGRAM ASSESSMENT

The 36-hour Master of Library Science (MLS) program offered by the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University includes seven required courses (21 credit hours) plus a required one-hour Capstone course. The remaining 14 hours are electives, some of which count toward concentrations, licensures, or certificates which allow student to tailor the program to meet their individual needs and goals.

The required core courses include information and instruction regarding theory, tools, practical application, and leadership development in order to prepare students for careers in a variety of library settings and information agencies.

ENROLLMENT AND COMPLETION RATES

Number of Students Admitted and Number of Degrees Awarded Per Academic Year

MLS Degree- All Sites2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Number of Students Admitted 121 148 163 173 135 194 244
Number of Degrees Awarded 157 139 122 122 140 145 122

The MLS Program has an average retention rate of 89.5% with the majority of students completing the program in 2 years (6 semesters).

GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT AREAS

Library TypePercentage of Graduates
Public Libraries 24.14%
Academic Libraries 22.22%
Other Information Agencies 5.17%
School Libraries 15.71%
Special Libraries 6.5%
Government Libraries/Agencies 5.17%
Retired 12.5%
Other 8.62%

January 2018 Alumni Survey – 522 respondents out of 2610 SLIM alumni

Out of the respondents slightly over 80% indicated that they have been employed in a professional position in a library or information agency for over one year (419/522, 80.3%). Of the 419 respondents who indicated being employed in a professional position for more than a year, 17.24% responded that they have been in such a position for more than a year but less than five years (90/522). Another 18.58% have been a professional position for more than five years but less than ten years (97/522). Lastly, 44.44% of respondents indicated that they have been in a professional position for more than ten years (232/522).

           


ACCREDITATION DOCUMENTATION

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2018

March 2017 Special Report From ALA Accrediatation

Certificate of Accreditation 2016

Comprehensive Review for Accreditation 2015

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2013

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2011

Program Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) Summary 2010-2011

Certificate of Accreditation 2008