At the June 2004 Conference in Orlando, the ALA Committee on
Accreditation granted continued accreditation of the MLS program
through Fall 2011. Many thanks to the students, faculty, alumni,
and employers who took part in this process, as well as the St.
The ALA Office of Accreditation coordinates this important
process in order to maintain standards of excellence for Master of
Library Science programs throughout the United States and Canada.
The important role of accreditation is summarized in the following
"Accreditation assures the educational community, the general
public, and other agencies or organizations that an institution or
program (a) has clearly defined and educationally appropriate
objectives, (b) maintains conditions under which their achievement
can reasonably be expected, (c) is in fact accomplishing them
substantially, and (d) can be expected to do so.
Accreditation serves as a mechanism for quality assessment and
quality enhancement with quality defined as the effective
utilization of resources to achieve appropriate educational
- Gloria Chernay, Accreditation and the Role of the Council on
Postsecondary Accreditation (Washington, DC: The Council on
Postsecondary Accreditation, 1990), p.3
View the 2004 Program
Presentation given to the American Library