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Assessing iSchools

Cox, Richard J (2012) Assessing iSchools. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 53 (4). 303 - 316.

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Over the past decade, iSchools have emerged to educate the next generation of information professionals and scholars. Claiming to be edgy and innovative, how can and should these schools function in the spirit of assessment that now drives so much in the university? This essay, which explores how well we can assess iSchools, emerged from a doctoral seminar. Academic Culture and Practice, taught by Richard Cox and including four doctoral student participants and the Dean of School of Information Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Ronald Larsen. The doctoral students, among other activities, were required to work on assignments to support a self-study for the University of Pittsburgh's reaccreditation by the Middle States Association. As we proceeded through the course, we found ourselves increasingly drawn to questions about how iSchools, in their nascent state, can assess themselves. Four major areas—reputation, evaluating productivity in scholarly publishing, student evaluation of teaching, and student satisfaction with their academic programs—that emerged based on student interest as the seminar proceeded are discussed.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard Jrjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
UNSPECIFIEDMattern, Eleanoremm100@pitt.eduEMM100UNSPECIFIED
UNSPECIFIEDMattock, Lindsaylkm19@pitt.eduLKM19UNSPECIFIED
UNSPECIFIEDRodriguez, Raquelrodriguez.reads@gmail.comUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
UNSPECIFIEDSutherland, Toniatns10@pitt.eduTNS10UNSPECIFIED
Date: October 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
Volume: 53
Number: 4
Publisher: Association for Library and Information Science
Page Range: 303 - 316
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: iSchools, LIS, Education, assessment, accreditation
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 19:18
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 19:02


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