COA announces accreditation actions

Kerri Price
Program Officer, ALA Office for Accreditation
312-280-2436
kprice@ala.org

 

NEWS
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2009

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced accreditation actions taken at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Science offered by the University of Iowa.
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Science offered by the University of South Florida.
  • Master of Science in Information Science offered by the University of Tennessee.

The next comprehensive review visit at each institution is scheduled to occur in 2016.

Continued accreditation status and release from conditional status was granted to the following program:

  • Master of Science in Library Science offered by the Catholic University of America.

The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled to occur in 2016.

Continued conditional accreditation status was granted to the following program:

  • Master of Library Science offered by the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled to occur in 2012.

ALA accreditation indicates that the program has undergone a self-evaluation process, has been externally reviewed and meets the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies, established by COA and adopted by ALA Council. COA evaluates each program for conformity to the Standards, which address mission, goals and objectives; curriculum; faculty; students; administration and financial support; and physical resources and facilities. The Standards can be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/education/accreditedprograms/standards/index.cfm.

A complete list of programs and degrees accredited by ALA can be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/education/accreditedprograms/directory/index.cfm.
Individuals who would like more information about a particular program should contact the program.

The ALA COA is a leading force in accreditation, having evaluated educational programs to prepare librarians since 1924. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes ALA COA as the authority for assessing the quality of education offered by graduate programs in the field of library and information studies.