Program Assessment

Statistical Data on Enrolment and Completion Rates

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies gathers and provides information on all graduate level degree programs at the University. In addition to general program and tuition information the following links provide information on enrolment data and program completion rates.

Recent Employment Data from our Graduates

Source: iSchool Alumni Surveys

Table 1: Alumni survey respondents currently employed and working in a field related to their SLAIS degree, by program.

Survey Date Graduation Date MLIS MAS Dual (MAS/MLIS)
2010 2008/9 97% (N=37) 100% (N=6) 80% (N=10)
2011 2009/10 88% (N=48) 67% (N=6) 100% (N=9)
2011 2006 96% (N=28) 75% (N=4) 100% (N=1)
2014 2011/12 89% (N=36) 100% (N=11) 82% (N=11)
2014 2012/13 90% (N=39) 100% (N=2) 67% (N=3)

Learning Outcomes Assessment

The iSchool professional programs (MLIS, MAS and Dual MAS/MLIS) are subject to ongoing evaluation through a learning outcomes assessment program.

View the 2016 iSchool Annual Assessment Report

View the 2015 iSchool Annual Assessment Report

Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)

The MLIS program is delivered through a curriculum of required and elective courses, a range of experiential learning opportunities, including co-operative education, practica and capstone experiences, and school-wide extra-curricular activities such as speaker series, research day, and student chapters of professional organizations. This educational experience is designed for students to achieve proficiency in the skills and knowledge required of information professionals. These program objectives are expressed in the iSchool Graduate Competencies.

The MLIS learning outcomes assessment program uses direct and indirect measures of student achievement to assess outcomes for each of the graduate competencies. Measures are drawn from a range of data sources, including course assignments, surveys of students and alumni, and reports from employers or supervisors of experiential learning placements.

The results of the assessment program will be publicly reported on an annual basis.

1. Foundational Knowledge and Skills
Competency (Abbreviated)SourceMeasure and Result PercentTarget
1.1  Assess the information needs of individuals, communities and organizations, and respond to those needs through provision of resources, services and systemsLIBR 503: Foundations of Information Sources and Services -- Organizational Resource Guide (Final Project)68 of 77 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric88%80%
LIBR 569R: Graduating Project -- Final Project prepared for Community Partner10 of 10 students met or exceed expectations on this competency 100%80%
1.2 Organize and manage information for effective preservation, access and useLIBR 502 : Foundations of Resource Description and Access -- Subject Heading Assignment77 of 79 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric97%80%
LIBR 580: Collections Management -- Collection Selection and Assessment (Term Project)24 of 24 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric100%80%
LIBR 569R: Graduating Project -- Final Project prepared for Community Partner10 of 10 students met or exceeded expectations on this competency100%80%
1.3 Apply knowledge of information technologies and resources to real world situationsPracticum and Professional Experience (LIBR 569) Supervisor Reports16 of 17 students received exceptional or very good on this competency94%80%
LIBR 554: Database Design – Final Project19 of 19 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric100%80%
LIBR 581: Digital Libraries – Term Project Report 19 of 23 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric83%80%
LIBR 569R: Graduating Project -- Final Project prepared for Community Partner10 of 10 students met or exceeded expectations on this competency100%80%
Co-Op Education Program – Work Placement Supervisor Reports18 of 18 students were rated excellent or very good on this competency 100%80%
1.4 Reflect in a critical and informed manner on information practices and the role of the information professions in society.LIBR 501:Foundations of the Information Society and Information Organizations -- Topic Briefing Assignment81 of 81 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric100%80%
LIBR 569R: Graduating Project -- Final Project prepared for Community Partner10 of 10 students met or exceeded expectations on this competency 100%80%
2. Communication Competencies
Competency (Abbreviated)SourceMeasure and Result PercentTarget
2. communicate effectivelyPracticum and Professional Experience (LIBR 569) Supervisor Reports15 of 17 students received exceptional or very good on this competency88%80%
Co-Op Education Program – Work Placement Supervisor Reports17 of 18 students were rated excellent or very good on this competency 94%80%
2.1 articulate ideas and concepts fluently and thoughtfully LIBR 501: Foundations of the Information Society and Information Organizations -- Seminar  Facilitation Assignment81 of 81 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric100%80%
LIBR 535: Instructional Role of the Librarian – Face-to-Face Mini Lesson Assignment28 of 33 of students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric85%80%
2.2 employ communication and instructional tools for diverse goals and audiences.LIBR 501: Foundations of the Information Society and Information Organizations – Topic Briefing (Final) Assignment IIIc 81 of 81 of students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric100%80%
LIBR 535: Instructional Role of the Librarian -- Online Tutorial Creation Assignment30 of 33 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric91%80%
3. Management Competencies
Competency (Abbreviated)SourceMeasure and Result PercentTarget
3. able to work effectively in team and institutional settingsPracticum and Professional Experience Supervisor Reports16 of 17 students received exceptional or very good on this competency94%80%
3.1 demonstrate leadership and effective collaboration within teams and small groupsLIBR 504: Management of Information Organizations – Team Work and Presentation on a Management Topic 23 of 32 students met or exceeded expectations in all components of rubric72%80%
LIBR 569R: Graduating Project -- Final Project prepared for Community Partner10 of 10 students met or exceeded expectations on this competency 100%80%
Co-Op Education Program – Work Placement Supervisor Reports17 of 18 students were rated excellent or very good on this competency 94%80%
3.2 apply principles of effective management and decision-making to organizational issues and challengesLIBR 504: : Management of Information Organizations – Management Report ( Assignment 3)32 of 32 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric100%80%
LIBR 569R: Graduating Project -- Final Project prepared for Community Partner10 of 10 students met or exceeded expectations on this competency100%80%
Co-Op Education Program – Work Placement Supervisor Reports11 of 13 students were rated excellent or very good on this competency 85%80%
4. Research Competencies
Competency (Abbreviated)SourceMeasure and Result PercentTarget
4. able to conduct original research and assessmentProfessional Experience (LIBR 596) Supervisor Reports9 of 9 students were rated exceptional or very good on this competency100%80%
Co-Op Education Program – Work Placement Supervisor Reports16 of 16 students were rated excellent or very good on this competency 100%80%
4.1 synthesize and apply existing scholarship to analyze significant theoretical and practical questionsLIBR 505: Research Methods in Information Organizations – Evidence-Based Literature Review Assignment28 of 37students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric76%80%
LIBR 592/594: Directed Study and Directed Research – Supervisor Reports2 of 2 students received Very Good or Excellent on this competency100%80%  
4.2 design and execute programs of inquiry and assessment LIBR 505: Research Methods in Information Organizations – Research Design (Final Project)31 of 37 students met or exceeded expectations in all component of rubric84%80%
Student Survey29 of 90 students who responded to the Student Survey have participated in student conferences or published their research32%35%
Student Survey47 of 90 students who responded to the Student Survey participate in research colloquia or events within the school52%60%
5. Professionalism
Competency (Abbreviated)SourceMeasure and Result PercentTarget
5.1 conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the philosophy, principles and ethics of the professionPracticum and Professional Experience Supervisor Reports17 of 17 students received excellent or very good on this competency 100%80%
LIBR 569R: Graduating Project -- Final Project prepared for Community Partner10 of 10 students met or exceeded expectations on this competency 100%80%
Co-Op Education Program – Work Placement Supervisor Reports17 of 18 students were rated excellent or very good on this competency94%80%
5.3 contribute to the advancement of the field Student Survey51 of 90 students who responded to the Student Survey reported participating in student or professional organizations57%60%
Student Survey47 of 90 students who responded to the student survey reported participating in other student organizations, chapters and events52%60%

 

*Direct Measures of Learning Outcomes for the Master of Archival Studies program are planned for 2016-2017