COA announces accreditation actions

Contact: Kerri Price

Program Officer, ALA Office for Accreditation



For Immediate Release

February 10, 2009

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced accreditation actions taken at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colo.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science offered by Pratt Institute.
  • Master of Library and Information Science offered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science offered by Syracuse University.

The next comprehensive review visit at each institution is scheduled to occur in 2015.

The candidacy status of the Master of Library and Information Science program at the College of St. Catherine was maintained. A 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

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.