The Catholic University of America

 Accreditation 2016

ALA Accreditation Documents

Accreditation Committees

Self-Study, February 2016 (pdf)


Cyclical Accreditation Review Process
Accreditation and Community Engagement
Purpose of Accreditation



CUA LIS Accreditation

The Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science (CUA LIS) master’s degree program in Library and Information Science is fully accredited by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA). CUA LIS’s degree program was first accredited by ALA in 1946/47 and has retained its accredited status for over six decades. CUA LIS takes pride in being the only ALA-accredited degree program in Washington, DC. CUA LIS also offers a School Library Media course of study accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Cyclical Accreditation Review Process

To prepare for our comprehensive program review, members of the CUA LIS community will engage in self-reflection and analysis of our program’s achievements, attainment of educational objectives and learning outcomes, and compliance with the ALA accreditation standards. During this process, we will develop two key documents:

The Plan for the Self-Study, which outlines the process we will follow as we prepare our accreditation review, and

The Self-Study, which details our ongoing systematic planning process of program planning and development, assessment, and continuous improvement from the perspective of the six ALA accreditation standards. This document describes our MSLIS program and it's compliance with the ALA's 2008 Standards for Accreditation; analyses our strengths, weaknesses and challenges; and identifies our plans for future development and continued compliance with the Standards. Our Self-Study includes information derived from ongoing analysis, evaluation, and assessment of student, faculty, and program achievements and attainment of educational outcomes that demonstrates our efforts to attain our objectives and maintain continued compliance with the six ALA accreditation standards.

The self-evaluation process culminates in a site visit by an External Review Panel (ERP) in April 2016 and an accreditation decision document sent to LIS by the ALA’s Committee on Accreditation (COA) in July 2016.


ALA Accreditation Review & Engagement Schedule

March 9 - March 22, 2015

Public comment period on the Draft Plan for Self-Study

March 10, 2015

Open public meeting in the Columbus School of Law, Room 204, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Video (requires Flash) and slides are available.

April 5, 2015   

Final Plan for the Self-Study submitted

Early September

Open Public Meeting

Mid-September Town Hall Meeting
September 30-October 31 Public comment period on Version 1 of Self-Study
October 20 Accreditation Update Webinar, 7-8 PM 

December 6, 2015

Submit Draft Self-Study to COA

December 7 -December 31, 2015

Public comment period on the submitted Draft Self-Study

February 22, 2016

Submit final Self-Study to COA

March 14, 2016

Town Hall Meeting, Law School 205 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m.

March 15, 2016 Webinar for Students and Alumni. 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 19, 2016 Full Faculty Meeting

April 3-5, 2016 

External Review Panel (ERP) Site Visit - with Sunday reception for constituents to meet with the ERP
RSVP by March 18!

June 23-28, 2016  

COA, ERP Chair, and LIS Chair meet at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL

July 9, 2016

ALA Office for Accreditation sends COA decision document to LIS



Accreditation and CUA LIS Community Engagement

The CUA LIS community is integral to the accreditation review process. We seek to engage our constituents – students, faculty, instructors, staff, alumni, employers, campus partners, and other interested parties – in our preparations for the accreditation review. During this process, our constituents will have opportunities to provide input into our activities through a variety of avenues, including commenting on our accreditation documents, completing surveys, attending upcoming forums and engagement sessions, and serving as invited committee members. During our site visit, members of our community can visit with the ERP during a reception, tentatively scheduled for April 3, 2016. Details on upcoming engagement opportunities, as well as documents and recordings of past activities are included in the timeline.


Purpose of Accreditation 

Accreditation is a voluntary evaluation process of self- and peer-review. The accreditation process seeks to ensure that accredited programs meet appropriate standards of quality and integrity and can be expected to continue to do so. ALA, through the COA, protects the interests of prospective students, employers, and the general public and provides guidance for educators to ensure that accredited programs meet the ALA Accreditation Standards. (Adapted from the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies). ALA’s Accreditation FAQs provide additional information on the accreditation review process.


Self-Study Submitted February 22, 2016

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Self-Study Draft Submitted December 6, 2015

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Self Study, September 30, 2015

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