2016–2017 Program assessment
Recruitment and retention
The retention rate from fall 2015 to fall 2016 for the fall 2015 class was 100% for M.L.S. students and Ph.D. students and 53% for M.I.S. students. Of the nine M.I.S. students that left the program, seven transferred to other programs in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.
This past year, the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) met with various organizations and groups on campus to expand and diversify the pool of applicants and, ultimately, the admitted student population. The department hosted an open house for undergraduate students on campus and attended the Graduate School Fair hosted at Indiana University.
ILS attended the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference for the first time as an exhibitor. At the conference, Assistant Professor of Information Science Devan Donaldson represented the department at a diversity recruitment event. He also met with student workers from libraries in the Atlanta area.
ILS also participated in the Getting You into IU diversity recruitment event hosted by the IU University Graduate School, at which prospective students met with current students, faculty, staff, and IU librarians.
In 2017, ILS plans to continue developing partnerships with campus groups while also targeting public libraries, academic research libraries, and university/college career centers across the state to recruit high quality, diverse students.
Graduation and placement
100% of M.I.S. graduates from summer 2015 to spring 2016 secured employment within six months of graduation.
93% of M.L.S. graduates from summer 2015 to spring 2016 secured employment or continuing education within six months of graduation.