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MSIS Student Achievement

College of Communication and Information Graduates Outside Neyland Stadium
The School of Information Sciences engages in ongoing program assessment to continually improve the student experience and ensure that the program is preparing students to be successful in the information professions. We systematically involve students, alumni and prospective employers in this process by conducting periodic surveys and interviews, and by using other data gathering and analysis techniques to understand how we are doing. We engage an advisory board of alumni and other leaders in the information professions who meet annually to review the program, talk with students, and offer input about the current state of the information professions. We collect and analyze student coursework so we can verify if the curriculum has prepared students to demonstrate the MSIS program learning outcomes. We also track retention rates, time to degree completion, and employment in the year following graduation.

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Graduation and Retention Rates

Students have a maximum of six years to complete the program. Students may attend full time or part time.

Entered the Program in Calendar Year

total % who entered and completed the program

% who entered and completed the program in  less than 2 years

% who entered and completed the program in  2 or more years

Still Enrolled

2020

TBD

TBD

TBD

97%

2019

22%

100%

TBD

74%

2018

73%

71%

29%

20%

2017

88%

56%

54%

1%

2016

96%

63%

37%

0%

Time to Degree Completion

Data below indicates the average time taken to complete the 36 credit hour degree program.

Academic Year

MS Degrees Awarded

Average # of enrolled semesters for graduates

2020-2021

TBD

TBD

2019-2020

103

6.7

2018-2019

60

5.9

2017-2018

58

6.4

2016-2017

58

7.0

2015-2016

64

6.7

Employment Rates

Each year, Library Journal (LJ) conducts a placement and salaries survey. All accredited library and information science schools in the US are invited to participate. SIS has been participating for several years by sending a link to LJ’s survey to all students who graduated in the prior calendar year (e.g., in 2020 the invitation went to those who graduate in 2019). LJ publishes a report describing the data and sends participating schools results submitted by their graduates.

The table below shows the number of SIS MSIS graduates who reported they were employed in either a library or information science institution, or in a library or information science capacity but not in a library or information science institution, within the first year of graduating.

Graduation Year

Number of Graduates

SIS Respondents

 

ILS Employment

2020

103

TBD

TBD 

2019

83

20 (24.1%)

10 (50%)

2018

59

26 (44.1%) 

23 (88.5%) 

2017

56

18 (32%)

16 (89%)

2016

63

28 (44%)

24 (86%)

2015

73

24 (33%)

22 (92%)