This project is part of the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” which is undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Armacost Library will use the AiA program to begin a longitudinal study of the impact of information literacy instruction on student achievement. In 2010 the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences approved a set of student learning outcomes that both explicitly and implicitly include information literacy. Furthermore the College has entered an exploratory implementation phase of a revised General Education curriculum that includes information & media literacy as “embedded experiences.” At the program level, information literacy is often a component of student learning outcomes especially in relation to capstone experiences. By tracking students from their first year through to graduation we expect to find that recursive information literacy instruction has a positive impact on student learning and achievement evidenced at specific milestones in their college career and ultimately in capstone papers, projects, or portfolios. Furthermore we are interested in learning more about contributing factors to the development of information literacy and library research skills as we track students.
University of Redlands Assessment in Action Team