Indirect Assessment: Alumni Survey Data

SLIS surveys its alumni on an annual basis, contacting students who graduated SLIS two and seven years prior to the survey date as a form of indirect assessment of the MS (LIS) degree program achievement of its mission. The annual alumni survey measures alumni perception of the degree to which SLIS achieved its mission to “prepare students for inspired service, advocacy, and leadership in library and information science, archives, computer science, and children's and young adult literature.”  

The alumni survey results demonstrate that, on average: 

  • a majority of SLIS alumni surveyed between 2015 and 2020 (76%) strongly agree or agree that SLIS “effectively prepared [them] for professional practice in an information setting;” 
  • of students surveyed in 2020, 74% were very satisfied or satisfied with their SLIS experience;
  • a majority of SLIS alumni surveyed between 2012 and 2014 (61%) believe that SLIS prepared them “very well” or “more than adequately” for their current occupation;
  • a majority of SLIS alumni surveyed between 2012 and 2015 strongly agree or agree (72.2%) that they use the “skills and competencies they learned at SLIS” at their current jobs or that SLIS courses “prepared [them] for the skills and competencies needed in [their] job[s].”

Preparation for Professional Practice:

2015 - 2020 Survey Question: 

Overall, SLIS effectively prepared me for professional practice in an information setting.

ResponsesSurvey Year     
 2015 (n=124)
[graduates surveyed:
2008 and 2013]
2016 (n=79)
[graduates surveyed:
2009 and 2014]
2017 (n=96)
[graduates surveyed:
2010 and 2015]
2018 (n=179)
[graduates surveyed:
2011 and 2016]
2019 (n=64)
[graduates surveyed:
2017]
2020 (n=51)
[graduates surveyed:
2018]
Strongly Agree 25%27.8% 34%20%39%20%
Agree54%46.8% 47% 47%40%71%
Neutral16% 16% 13%18%13%6%
Disagree4% 3.8% 3%10% 5%2%
Strongly Disagree.8%5%3%3% 3%2%