COA announces accreditation decision made at 2019 Spring Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/14/2019


Kerri Price

Associate Director

Office for Accreditation

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces the accreditation action taken at its Spring Meeting, held April 25-26, 2019, in Chicago.

What follows reflects the April 2018 policy revision to section I.15 (Accreditation decisions) of Accreditation Process, Policies, and Procedures (AP3), implemented to enhance public disclosure, that went into effect for all programs beginning in May 2018. The policy states that “any standard on which a program has follow-up reporting (following a comprehensive review or interim reporting review) is made public by the Office for Accreditation in the Directory of ALA-Accredited Programs and as a part of the usual means (e.g., press release, Accreditation Decisions and Actions Taken reports, and Prism).”

Conditional accreditation status was granted to the following program, with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled to take place in spring 2022:

  • Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Standard cited for follow-up reporting: Standard IV.6 (applies the results of evaluation of student achievement to program development).

Conditional status indicates the need for a program to make significant and immediate improvement to come into compliance with 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 systematic planning; curriculum; faculty; students; administration, finances, and resources.

A complete list of programs and degrees accredited by ALA can be found in the Directory of ALA-Accredited MLIS Programs. Individuals who would like more information about a particular program should contact the program directly.

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.