In Fall 2018, the LIS faculty distilled and approved the latest revision to our LIS Program Assessment Philosophy and Process.

Each step of our curriculum assessment process is linked with our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Program Goals. SLOs 1-4 directly link to Program Goal 1 (Provide a curriculum that meets the evolving demands of the job market for librarians and other information professionals), and SLO 5 links with Program Goal 5 (Strengthen the emphasis on Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region in teaching, research, and service). Every course is aligned with the particular SLOs it covers via a matrix.

For the culminating experience, the ePortfolio and oral exam scenarios are also linked with our SLOs, and students are evaluated along the same dimensions (exceed-meet-approach-do not meet). We use this data to revise both the curriculum and the oral exams themselves.

Thesis students are assessed on specific elements of their research, including their problem statement, literature review, method, results, and the quality of their written thesis and oral defense; the evaluation form can be found on p. 7 of our thesis policy and FAQ.

At the program level, annual assessment reports are available for review:

Program Statistics

The program balances transparent operation and respect for privacy. If you have questions about the following data, or would like to know more about the LIS Program, please contact us!

Rates of applicant acceptance

Applied Admitted Admited % Enrolled Enrolled %
FA17 29 26 89.65% 16 55.17%
SP17 12 11 91.66% 10 83.33%
FA16 29 23 79.00% 15 52.00%
SP16 20 18 90.00% 14 70.00%
FA15 23 19 82.61% 11 47.83%
SP15 44 41 93.18% 27 61.36%

Time to graduation, graduation rate

Of the 227 students who enrolled between Fall 2009 – Spring 2015, the overall graduation rate was 87%, with time to graduation between 2.0 – 2.5 years.

Retention and persistence

From 2013-2016, our student retention was 81% after one year, 70% after two years.

Job placement

For the Program’s 2013 alumni survey, we contacted 211 alumni who graduated from 2007-2012, and received 76 responses (36%). Among our findings was that 86% of respondents reported that they were hired in an LIS-related professional position, primarily in academic (39%), public (24%) or school (16%) libraries. Most alumni (77%) work in Hawaii, with 19% working on the US mainland, and 4% internationally. More information can be found in our 2013 Alumni Survey Summary.

Placement information for our 43 school library media specialist graduates since 2009 is reported in our 2015 ALA Accreditation Program Presentation (Appendix 2-17, Practicum Report, section E).

More recently, for the 2014 Library Journal survey, we sent a request to the 33 alumni (27 women and 6 men) who graduated during the prior year. Seventeen of the 33 students completed the survey (51.5%), which was the third highest rate among reporting schools. Of the 17 respondents, 15 were employed full-time, and reported salaries ranging between $31,200 and $87,408, with an average of $48,909. This amount is higher than both the national average ($47,789) and our regional average ($48,300 in the “West”), and demonstrates that our graduates are finding employment in the state, nationally, and internationally.

Additional data is also available via the Library Journal Placement & Salaries Survey.

Job performance and advancement

We survey employers of our graduates every 5 years, most recently in 2013.  We ask employers to indicate the extent to which UH LIS graduates are able to demonstrate skills in three broad areas, and over 70% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with all three of these statements of our graduates’ abilities:

  • Display problem solving abilities
  • Use new information technologies effectively
  • Function well on teams

In the free response section, employers praised the UH LIS graduates in their organizations:

  • “
UH LIS graduates come well prepared for librarianship. They also tend to have knowledge of Hawaiʻi, which is extremely helpful.”
  • “
The internship program is particularly important for students to develop confidence and expertise.”
  • “The grad I hired has won multiple national awards.”
  • “Our branch employs 7 UH LIS graduates: 5 librarians, including the Branch Manager and 2 library assistants.”
  • “We have had good experiences with UH LIS interns and recent grads as substitutes.”

Complete responses, including job advancement data, can be found in our 2013 Employer Survey Summary.

For the 2013-2014 review period, the Program also requested access to principals’ ratings of LIS graduates on the Hawai‘i 
DOE’s Educator Effectiveness System (EES). The EES uses a 4-point rating scale and ten of eleven graduates hired since 2009 were rated with the following criteria:

  • Highly effective: met or exceeded at least 90% to 100% of expected target.
  • Effective: met or exceeded at least 75% to 89% of expected target.
  • Developing: met or exceeded at least 60% to 74% of expected target.
  • Ineffective: met less than 60% of expected target.

Nine of the ten librarians received “effective” or “highly effective” ratings on foci they had selected for the evaluation.

Program profile; course/program objective; competencies

Program Goals

Degree Requirements

ALA Core Competences and LIS Student Learning Outcomes

Course/program learning outcomes, etc.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Assessment

Licensure pass rates (as applicable)

GPA above 3.0: 100%