Recruitment and retention
ILS retained or graduated 96% of our students in the fall 2017 and fall 2016 class.
In 2017, ILS continued to expand our recruitment efforts both on and off campus by attending the graduate school fair, hosting local colleges for on-campus visits, creating a new web chat platform, and connecting with key on-campus student populations at an event hosted by academic advisors.
Additionally, ILS attended the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, where assistant professor Devan Donaldson represented the department at a diversity recruitment event.
Recruitment efforts for 2018–2019 are underway, including a plan to formalize an ambassador program where all prospective applicants have the ability to talk with faculty, staff, and current students. The department will continue conducting outreach to other local Indiana colleges and working with the IU libraries to recruit high quality students.