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Key Statistics

Retention rate: Percentage of enrolled students who enrolled in the term one year after their first semester of program admission/readmission.

Cohort Academic Year # of Accepted Applicants Who Enrolled Retention Rate1
2020-21 157 -
2019-20 171 88.8
2018-19 146 87.0
2017-18 115 82.6
2016-17 102 80.4
2015-16 104 89.4
2014-15 105 78.1
2013-14 81 81.5
2012-13 68 79.4
2011-12 71 85.9

Data as of January 2021. Note: Cohort Academic Year is based on the semester in which the applicant applied to begin or continue in his/her program. These numbers include applicants seeking readmission into the MLIS program.
1 There were 158 students who began their program less than one academic year ago. For this reason, these students have been removed from the retained percentage since we do not yet know their one-year retention status. Two students completed their program in three semesters. In addition, six students were readmitted and completed their program in less than one year from the readmission term. These students were not enrolled the following year because they graduated prior to this time. They have been identified as retained in the table. 

Average time to degree completion

Cohort Academic Year Number of Graduates Time to Completion (in years)
Mean Median Mode Standard Deviation
2019-20 1 1.0 1.0 -- --
2018-19 42 1.6 2.0 2.0 0.5
2017-18 77 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.6
2016-17 73 2.2 2.0 2.0 0.7
2015-16 87 2.6 2.9 2.0 0.8
2014-15 74 2.4 2.0 2.0 0.9
2013-14 60 2.8 2.9 2.0 1.0
2012-13 52 2.6 2.1 2.0 1.0
2011-12 58 2.3 2.0 2.0 0.8
Note: Data as of January 2021. Note: Cohort Academic Year is based on the semester in which the applicant applied to begin the MLIS program. Applicants who sought readmission into the MLIS program are only reported for their first Cohort Academic Year.

Percentage of graduates holding positions relevant to the degree

Year of Graduation % of Alumni Survey Respondents Employed in the Field
2017 91.2
2016 96.8
2015 78.6
2014 90.6
2013 91.4

Student Acceptance, Retention, and Graduation Rates  

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program has competitive admissions due to the program's high volume of quality applicants. The program accepts new applicants twice per year (fall and spring semesters) and students are contacted by the VSU Graduate School when an application decision has been made. Students are assigned a high-quality academic advisor upon admission and typically take approximately 2 1/2 - 3 years to complete the 36-hour MLIS degree program.

Cohort Academic Year Total # of Applications1 # of Applicants Accepted # of Applicants Denied % Accepted
2020-21 281 171 110 60.9
2019-20 340 199 141 58.5
2018-19 305 163 142 53.4
2017-18 269 135 134 50.2
2016-17 258 112 146 43.4
2015-16 222 114 108 51.4
2014-15 162 114 48 70.4
2013-14 155 95 60 61.3
2012-13 115 78 37 67.8
2011-12 134 102 32 76.1

Note: Cohort Academic Year is based on the semester in which the applicant applied to begin or continue in his/her program. These numbers include applicants seeking readmission into the MLIS program.
1 Withdrawn or incomplete applications are not considered in the applicant pool.

Cohort Academic Year # of Accepted Applicants Who Enrolled % of Accepted Applicants Who Enrolled % of Enrolled Students Who Were Retained in Program One Year Later2 % of Enrolled Students Who Graduated with MLIS Degree3 % of Enrolled Students Who Have Not Graduated Yet But Are Considered Active Students4
2020-21 157 91.8 - 0.0 100.0
2019-20 171 85.9 88.8 1.8 90.6
2018-19 146 89.6 87.0 30.1 58.2
2017-18 115 85.2 82.6 67.8 14.8
2016-17 102 91.1 80.4 72.5 9.8
2015-16 104 91.2 89.4 84.6 2.9
2014-15 105 92.1 78.1 71.4 1.0
2013-14 81 85.3 81.5 80.2 0.0
2012-13 68 87.2 79.4 77.9 0.0
2011-12 71 69.6 85.9 81.7 0.0

Data as of January 2021. Note: Cohort Academic Year is based on the semester in which the applicant applied to begin or continue in his/her program. These numbers include applicants seeking readmission into the MLIS program.
2 There were 158 students who began their program less than one academic year ago. For this reason, these students have been removed from the retained percentage since we do not yet know their one-year retention status. Two students completed their program in three semesters. In addition, six students were readmitted and completed their program in less than one year from the readmission term. These students were not enrolled the following year because they graduated prior to this time. They have been identified as retained in the table.
3 It typically takes part-time students about 2 ½ to 3 years to complete the MLIS degree program.
4 An active student is considered a student who has enrolled in MLIS coursework within the last three semesters.

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Student Learning Outcome Assessment (SLOA) Results

Students enrolled in the MLIS program are assessed throughout their program to ensure they are meeting programs expectations. The assessments are based on American Library Association standards and the program's student learning outcomes. Assessment data are collected within LiveText and are reviewed annually by the MLIS Assessment Committee. Assessment changes are implemented annually to program assessments as agreed upon by the Committee.

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Summary of Student Learning Outcome Assessment Results

Employment Outcomes and Stakeholder Surveys

The MLIS program systematically contacts three types of stakeholders in order to gain valuable feedback on the program and its intended outcomes. MLIS students are asked to evaluate their preparation to enter the professional workforce during their final semester of the program. The same evaluation categories, which are based on ALA standards, are used on the MLIS alumni and employer survey. Alumni are contacted every two years and employers are contacted every three years to solicit feedback on program effectiveness. The results from these surveys are analyzed by the MLIS Assessment Committee on an annual basis and reported out to program faculty.

Alumni Employment Status 24 Months After Graduation

Program Graduates and Response Rate Calendar Year of Graduation
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of Graduates 65 47 49 71 68 100 86
Number of Survey Respondents 35 32 28 31 34 36 28
Survey Response Rate 53.8 68.1 57.1 43.7 50.0 36.0 32.6
Percentage of Alumni Survey Respondents Employed in the Library & Information Field 91.4 90.6 78.6 96.8 91.2 94.4 100.0
Percentage of Alumni Survey Respondents Employed in an Academic or Public Library 85.7 75.0 64.3 87.1 84.8 94.4 96.4

 MLIS Program Stakeholder Survey Results