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The VSU MLIS Program is pleased to announce that the ALA Committee on Acceditation (COA) has accepted the VSU MLIS Program’s plan for removal of conditional status. This decision, in part, means that the VSU MLIS Program remains an ALA accredited program.
The decision was made after a review of the VSU MLIS Program’s report to the COA outlining its plan for removal of conditional status. The report was presented by a delegation representing the VSU MLIS Program to the ALA COA on April 13, 2012, at ALA headquarters in Chicago. The plan centers upon assessment of the VSU MLIS Program based upon student learning outcomes. It addresses the concerns of systematic Program evaluation expressed by the COA as the basis for the change from regular to conditional status in November 2010.
While ALA COA does not remove conditional status except at its regularly scheduled accreditation reviews, the Committee did state in its letter to the VSU MLIS Program dated April 14, 2012: “The progress made in developing a systematic planning process incorporating student measures was notable.” The next scheduled accreditation review for the Program is to occur in fall 2013 with COA action in spring 2014.
The VSU MLIS Program has three additional reports to submit in 2012. In October, it will provide ALA COA with its plan to host the External Review Panel in 2013. This is a standard and scheduled part of the accreditation process. The Program will submit its annual report to COA in December as well as its “ALISE” statistical report. These too are part of the accreditation calendar.