Comments Welcome on ALA Accreditation Standards

The ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) has released a third draft revision of the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies at http://www.oa.ala.org/accreditation/?page_id=326 for comment through October 24, 2014. The draft provides further clarification and incorporates many of the suggestions received on the prior drafts released May 14, 2014 and December 6, 2013. The draft is the result of more than five years of review involving research, analysis, and discussion among COA members and stakeholders virtually and face-to-face, as documented at http://www.oa.ala.org/accreditation/.

The 2013-14 COA Chair, Barbara Moran (Wilson Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and the 2014-15 COA Chair, Mary Stansbury (Associate Professor and Chair, University of Denver) met with the ALA Executive Board at the ALA 2014 Annual Meeting and received the recommendation to release a third draft for comment, given the time available before the fall 2014 COA fall meeting in November. At the fall meeting, the COA will consider any additional comments and prepare a version for ALA Council review for adoption at the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting. That version will be available at http://www.oa.ala.org/accreditation/?page_id=326, beginning Dec 5, 2014.

Comments received related to Accreditation Process, Policies, and Procedures (AP3) http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/standards/AP3 are under consideration separately.

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