COA announces accreditation actions

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

March 2001

COA announces accreditation actions

The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced accreditation actions taken at the 2001 ALA Midwinter Conference under the 1992 "Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies."

COA has continued the accreditation of the following graduate programs leading to the first professional degree in library and information studies and has scheduled the next program review in the year indicated: the Maîtrise en sciences de l'information program offered by the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal (2007) and the Master of Arts program offered by the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007).

COA has approved a conditional accreditation of the master of library science/master of science in information science (MLS/MSIS) program offered by the School of Information Science and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York. Accreditation will be continued only on the condition that designated changes be made by January 31, 2004.

Individuals wishing further information about a particular program should contact the school. A complete list of programs and degrees accredited by COA can be found at the

The ALA is a leading force in accreditation, having evaluated educational programs to prepare librarians since its creation in 1924. ALA's COA is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a reliable authority to determine the quality of education offered by graduate programs in the field of library and information studies.