National accreditation standards for institutions of higher learning have recently received attention at the federal level, causing concern among college stakeholders. More than ever, accreditation is becoming a flash point for discussion on assessment and improvement of student learning outcomes. For libraries it means more attention must be focused on the assessment of the critical thinking skills needed to identify, select, evaluate, and use information resources effectively. Assessment of Information Literacy standards and sustainable information literacy programs will increasingly become an important part of Institutional Accreditation.
At Mercy College, the libraries have not only implemented an information literacy assessment program, but our work was singled out by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) as a "significant accomplishment" during their 2014 visit. My poster will summarize how Mercy College's Information Literacy/General Education baseline study was developed and deployed. Viewers will examine the ACRL(Association of College and Research Libraries)/General Education rubric that was used to measure, score and evaluate information literacy student learning outcomes through the direct assessment of student work.
Librarians will learn about the MSCHE criteria for assessment of student learning and be better prepared to understand the role Institutional Accreditation can have on information literacy partnerships, especially in General education. . The poster will visualize the information literacy assessment process within the framework of Middle States Commission on Higher Education criteria.
Head Librarian Bronx Campus
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