COA announces accreditation actions

For Immediate Release
Fri, 01/14/2011

Contact:

Kerri Price
CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.
 
Initial accreditation status was granted to the following program: 
  • Master of Library and Information Science offered by St. Catherine University.
The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled to occur in 2017.
 
Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:
  • Master of Science in Information Science offered by the University at Albany, State University of New York.
  • Master of Science in Library Science offered by Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science offered by Drexel University.
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science offered by Simmons College.
  • Master of Library and Information Science offered by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
The next comprehensive review visit at each institution is scheduled to occur in 2017.
 
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.