UMSI re-accredited by American Library Association
The University of Michigan School of Information has received notice that its Master of Science in Information program has been re-accredited by the American Library Association, according to Senior Associate Dean Elizabeth Yakel, chair and lead editor of the 2017 review. The review process for re-accreditation takes place every seven years.
The School of Information is one of the American Library Association’s longest continually accredited programs. It first received accreditation in 1926/27. The Master of Science in Information program at UMSI is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation, with the status of continued accreditation.
ALA accreditation, ensuring a school meets standards for master’s programs in Library and Information Studies, is important for graduates in their professional job search. Many employers require an ALA-accredited master’s degree for professional level positions. The ALA accredits master’s programs in library and information studies in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Accreditation is achieved through a self-evaluation, followed by a review process conducted by an external review panel of distinguished practitioners and academics. Professors Karen Markey and Elizabeth Yakel led the months-long self-study and review process at UMSI, which culminated in a meeting between the ALA Committee on Accreditation and Dean Thomas Finholt and Associate Dean Yakel in June 2017.
The next comprehensive review will take place in 2024.
Chair and Lead Editor
Elizabeth Yakel (Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)
Task Force Membership
Thomas A. Finholt (Dean); Judy Lawson (Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs); Karen Markey (Professor); Scott Staelgraeve (Chief Administrative Officer)
Glenda Bullock (Associate Director of Communications); Amanda Ciacelli (Senior Administrative Assistant); Alexandra Haller (Writer/Editorial Assistant); Heidi Skrzypek (Assistant Director of Human Resources and Support Services); Barbara Smith (Senior Assistant to the Dean); Todd Stuart (Events Manager); David Young (Multimedia Designer)
Subcommittees for Each Standard
Standard I: SYSTEMATIC PLANNING
Thomas A. Finholt (Dean, Chair); Elizabeth Yakel (Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)
Standard II: CURRICULUM
Karen Markey (Chair and Professor); Soo Young Rieh (Chair of the MSI Program Committee and Associate Professor); Judy Lawson (Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs); Kelly Kowatch (Associate Director of Engaged Learning and Adjunct Lecturer in Information)
Standard III: FACULTY
Elizabeth Yakel (Chair and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs); Deborah Apsley (Director of Human Resources and Business Affairs); Heidi Skrzypek (Assistant Director of Human Resources and Business Operations); Rebecca O’Brien (Director of Research Administration)
Standard IV: STUDENTS
Judy Lawson (Chair and Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs,); Karen Markey (Professor); Laura Elgas (Director Admissions and Student Affairs); Joanne Kroll (Director of Career Development); Rebecca Pagels (Director of Development and Alumni Relations)
Standard V: ADMINISTRATION, FINANCES, AND RESOURCES
Scott Staelgraeve (Chair and Chief Administrative Officer); Elizabeth Yakel (Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs); Gary Dryden (Director of Finance); Deborah
Apsley (Director of Human Resources and Business Affairs)
Former Interim Dean Olivia Frost (special counselor in all stages of the process)
Dean’s Advisory Committee (faculty only)
MSI Program Committee (faculty and students)
Other faculty reviewers
Steve Barkan (AMLS ’80)
Robert Parks (AMLS ’76)
Darrow Wood (AMLS ’66)
Read the ALA press release on the announcement.