Public Disclosure on Master's Student Learning Assessment

(In compliance with the requirement of American Library Association, Committee on Accreditation)

Programs accredited by ALA: Master of Library Science (MLS); Master of Arts in Library Science (MA)

Basic Enrollment Statistics

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CATEGORY 2019 2020
Master's student FTE enrollment  384 404
Total FTE enrollment (all programs)  400 417
Total FTE Faculty 20 19.25
Total FTE Student-to-Faculty Ratio 20 22
Master's Degrees Awarded 212 171
Retention Rate 88% 83%
Average Years to Degree Completion 2.3 2.4
Employment Rate* 78% 78%

(Sources: COA Trend Summary, TWU Office of Institutional Research & Data Management, and Texas Higher Education Data)

*Employment Rate data is the most recent data available from the Texas Higher Education Data Exit Cohort Reports. 

 

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

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Objective 1: Students will be able to effectively integrate content knowledge addressed throughout the program, as outlined in the ALA Core Competences of Librarianship, and apply that knowledge in a library setting.

Student Learning Outcome Criterion for Success 

2019-2020 Outcomes* (Fall 2019 data only) 

Assessment Measure 1: Practicum Final Evaluation, Professional Competence Assessment: Evaluation of student performance in a library setting during the practicum experience. Broad categories of skills assessed include: Professionalism, Information Resources, Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information, User Services/Reference, Independent Project/Research, Continuing Education, and Administration/Management. 85% of students rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all skill categories on the Final Evaluation 100% (N = 49)
Assessment Measure 2: Practicum Waiver Application, Professional Competence Assessment: Students applying to waive the Practicum submit the Practicum Waiver Application. Students provide factual documentation regarding their experience with each of the following broad categories of skills: Professionalism, Information Resources, Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information, User Services/Reference, Independent Project/Research, Continuing Education, and Administration/Management. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all skill categories on the Waiver Rubric 100% (N = 13)
Assessment Measure 3: SLIS Student Survey, Professional Competence Assessment: Self-assessment of professional knowledge and skills by graduating students. Students rate their perceived level of competence in each of the following broad categories of skills: Professionalism, Information Resources, Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information, User Services/Reference, Independent Project/Research, Continuing Education, and Administration/Management. 85% rated minimally as "developing" across all skill categories on the survey N/A*

Objective 2: Students will be able to effectively articulate plans for continuous, career-long professional development, by setting goals for the next 3-5 years.

Student Learning Outcome Criterion for Success 2019-2020 Outcomes* (Fall 2019 data only)
Assessment Measure 1: Final Exam Portfolio Evaluation (Part 1), Work Products and Essay about Work Products: Students are evaluated on the quality of their essay and the work products submitted. 85% rated minimally as “Satisfactory” across all categories 100% (N = 86)
Assessment Measure 2: Final Exam Portfolio Evaluation (Part 2), Professional Development Plan: Students are evaluated on the quality of their professional development plan. 85% rated minimally as “Satisfactory” across all categories 100% (N = 86)

Objective 3: Students will be able to effectively employ current information and communication technologies to meet information needs in library settings.

Student Learning Outcome Criterion for Success 2019-2020 Outcomes* (Fall 2019 data only)
Assessment Measure 1: Practicum Final Evaluation, Technological Knowledge and Skills: Evaluation of student performance in a library setting during the practicum experience on the Technological Knowledge and Skills competency. Students are evaluated on 5 technology competency areas. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" across all technology skills on the Final Evaluation 100% (N = 49)
Assessment Measure 2: Practicum Waiver Application, Technological Knowledge and Skills: Students applying to waive the Practicum submit the Practicum Waiver Application. Students provide factual documentation of their experience in the Technological Knowledge and Skills competency. 85% rated minimally as "meeting expectations" for technology skills on the Waiver Rubric 100% (N = 13)
Assessment Measure 3: SLIS Student Survey, Technological Knowledge and Skills: Self-assessment of Technological Knowledge and Skills by graduating students. Students rate themselves on 5 technology competency areas. 85% rated minimally as "developing" across all technology skills on the survey N/A*

Source: TWU SLIS Academic Institutional Improvement Report, 2019-2020

*2019-2020 data is for Fall 2019 only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Student Survey was not offered in Fall 2019.

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