Starting in Fall 2009, all students completing the 36-hour Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree are required to complete successfully an outcomes assessment in order to graduate. This outcomes assessment consists of an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) that provides each graduating student with the opportunity to reflect on their cumulative experiences in the master’s program, including both required and elective courses. The contents of the Portfolio focus on professional skills and knowledge developed during the student’s coursework.
The e-portfolio includes all the following items:
- A Reflective Essay
- Sample artifacts or assignments of high quality for each of the six core classes, and three elective classes
- Evaluative statements for each sample artifact
- A professional resume
In the reflective essay, students demonstrate their competency in the SLIS’ learning outcomes, analyze the contribution of included artifacts to the students’ professional development, and describe students’ beliefs regarding the professional responsibilities of an LIS professional. An artifact in the context of the e-portfolio may refer to any sample work a student has completed in a course since entering SLIS. Each sample artifact or evidence should be prefaced with an evaluative statement. An evaluative statement is a brief statement of the motivation for and circumstances under which the item was produced, and its relationship to overall patterns of personal development.
A student’s e-portfolio is evaluated by an Assessment Committee using the following criteria:
- Completeness of the e-portfolio
- Quality of the reflective essay
- Professional commitment indicated through inclusion and quality of all required items
- E-portfolio’s professional appearance and technical quality
The Assessment Committee consist of two SLIS Faculty members, chosen at random from a pool of available faculty during the semester the student graduates.
If a student has all the required items and receives a score of 85 and above out of 100, s/he can pass the e-portfolio requirement for graduation. A student who does not pass the e-portfolio will meet with the SLIS Associate Dean and the student’s assessment committee for review and recommendation for further action.
Complete details about the e-portfolio submission and assessment processes are available.
Data concerning SLIS student performance on the e-portfolio outcomes assessment are available.