For immediate release | November 29, 2010

COA announces accreditation action

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation action taken at the 2010 COA Fall Meeting in Chicago.

Conditional accreditation status was granted to the Master of Library and Information Science program offered by Valdosta State University.

The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled to occur in fall of 2013.

Conditional accreditation status indicates the need for significant and immediate improvement to maintain conformity with the Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies.

Standards for accreditation of master’s programs in library and information studies are 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:

A complete list of programs and degrees accredited by ALA can be found at 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.


Kerri Price