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Rates of applicant acceptance
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Attrition and retention
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.
Job placement and employment advancement
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. 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.
Student performance information
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.”
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
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%