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School of Library and Information Science


  1) SLIS Enrollment, Retention, MLIS Degrees Awarded


Grad/UG Enrollment*


MLIS Degrees Awarded***



90% 49



85% 54



 85% 41

















* Southern Miss Institutional Research (Fall 2020)

** WEAVE Assessment Data 

*** IHL Degree Books: 2014 (PDF),  2015 (PDF), 2016 (PDF),  2017 (PDF), 2018 (PDF), 2019 (PDF), 2020 (PDF)


2) Average Time to Degree Completion

  • Full-time students (9 credit hrs. fall/spring; 6 credit hrs, summer) - 5 semesters

  • Part-time students (6 credit hrs. fall/spring; 3 credit hrs., summer) - 7 semesters


3) Percentage of Graduates w/Positions Relevant to Degree within 12 months of Degree Completion

  • 2015-2020 - 97%


SLIS History, Educational Goals, Strategic Goals

Southern Miss SLIS has been ALA-accredited since 1980. At the last review by the ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) in 2019, ALA Accreditation status was Continued and the next accreditation review by ALA COA is scheduled for spring 2026.

Read about this history of Southern Miss SLIS in Library Science Education at Southern Miss: A History of Survival and Growth by Dr. Matthew Griffis.

Educational Goals for Students Include:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to ethical practices

  • Professional practice and training experiences

  • Knowledge of the LIS literature

  • Engagement in research

  • Technical competency.


Educational Goals and Objectives (2016, reaffirmed 2020)


Strategic Plan with Strategic Goals, Objectives (2016, reaffirmed 2020)




ALA Accredited

ALA Biennial Report 2020

ALA Accreditation Report 2019

 ALA Biennial Report 2016

ALA Biennial Report 2014

ALA Biennial Report 2012

ALA Accreditation Report 2012


Program Assessment

Assessment of MLIS Students

Students must complete a capstone research project, pass a comprehensive exam, and create an e-portfolio as part of the 40-credit hour MLIS program requirements.
  • MLIS students must take a technology class as one of their electives and create an e-portfolio
  • In LIS 695 capstone course, students must complete a master's research project
  • In LIS 695 capstone course, students must pass a comprehensive exam.


Assessment of MLIS Program by Students

The Exit Surveys of Graduating MLIS students are aligned with the American Library Association's Core Competencies of Librarianship.  Students evaluate their knowledge of the core competencies using a Likert Scale.  

  • Exit Surveys of Graduating MLIS students (Quantitative data) graduate_student_exit_survey.pdf
  • Annual Focus Group conducted each October at the Mississippi Library Association Conference (Qualitative data) focus-group_mla2013-18.pdf
  • Course evaluations
  • Survey research conducted by Dr. Creel and Dr. Welsh


Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Program assessment is an ongoing, active and systematic process intended to monitor and improve the overall quality of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO). The documents below relate to SLIS program assessment based on Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) as required for SACS and ALA Accreditation.  

MLIS WEAVE Assessment Reports


 2020-21 Advisory Board

Sheila A. Cork, Librarian 
New Orleans Museum of Art 

 Sharon Davis, Head Librarian
 Biloxi Public Library

John Eye, Dean
USM University Libraries

Mantra Henderson, Library Director
Mississippi Valley State University

Jeannie Damiano, Branch Manager
Vancleave Public Library

Christina Keiper, Associate Director
The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County

Otha Keys, School Librarian
South Jones High School, Ellisville
Stephen Parks, State Librarian for Mississippi
Mississippi Supreme Court Library

Natalie Mitchell, School Librarian
Jackson Elementary, Pascagoula, MS

Tamara Nelson, Reference & Instruction Librarian 
University of Mississippi Medical Center Library

Yvonne Parton, Branch Manager
Ocean Springs Municipal Library

Lorraine Stuart, Head of Special Collections, Curator
Historical Manuscripts & Archives
USM University Libraries