To prepare for our comprehensive program review, members of the Catholic University library and information science community will engage in self-reflection and analysis of our program’s achievements, attainment of educational objectives and learning outcomes, and compliance with the ALA accreditation standards. During this process, we will develop two key documents:

  1. The Plan for the Self-Study, which outlines the process we will follow as we prepare our accreditation review, and

  2. The Self-Study, which details our ongoing systematic planning process of program planning and development, assessment, and continuous improvement from the perspective of the six ALA accreditation standards. This document describes our MSLIS program and it's compliance with the ALA's 2008 Standards for Accreditation; analyses our strengths, weaknesses and challenges; and identifies our plans for future development and continued compliance with the Standards. Our Self-Study includes information derived from ongoing analysis, evaluation, and assessment of student, faculty, and program achievements and attainment of educational outcomes that demonstrates our efforts to attain our objectives and maintain continued compliance with the six ALA accreditation standards.

The self-evaluation process culminates in a site visit by an External Review Panel (ERP) in April 2016 and an accreditation decision document sent to LIS by the ALA’s Committee on Accreditation (COA) in July 2016.

ALA Accreditation Review & Engagement Schedule

March 9 - March 22, 2015 Public comment period on the Draft Plan for Self-Study
March 10, 2015 Open public meeting in the Columbus School of Law, Room 204, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Video (requires Flash) and slides are available.
April 5, 2015 Final Plan for the Self-Study submitted
Early September Open Public Meeting
Mid-September Town Hall Meeting
September 30-October 31 Public comment period on Version 1 of Self-Study
October 20 Accreditation Update Webinar, 7-8 PM
December 6, 2015 Submit Draft Self-Study to COA
December 7 -December 31, 2015 Public comment period on the submitted Draft Self-Study
February 22, 2016 Submit final Self-Study to COA
March 14, 2016 Town Hall Meeting, Law School 205 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m.
March 15, 2016 Webinar for Students and Alumni. 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 19, 2016 Full Faculty Meeting
April 3-5, 2016 External Review Panel (ERP) Site Visit - with Sunday reception for constituents to meet with the ERP

RSVP by March 18!
June 23-28, 2016 COA, ERP Chair, and LIS Chair meet at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL
July 9, 2016 ALA Office for Accreditation sends COA decision document to LIS