SJSU SLIS Receives Sloan-C Award Honoring Innovation in Online Learning


The School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University
(SJSU) is the recipient of a 2013 Sloan Consortium Effective Practice Award,
honoring innovation in online education.  


The award recognizes the school's effective use of the Sloan-C Quality
Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs, which the
school uses to measure the quality of its fully online graduate programs.
The award also acknowledges the school's efforts to share results
transparently with all stakeholders by posting scorecard results
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The SJSU information school conducts annual assessments using the
scorecard's research-based standards and indicators. During the most recent
assessment, the scorecard total was 196, a number that is categorized in the
"exemplary" range by the Sloan Consortium.


According to Debbie Faires, assistant director for distance learning for the
SJSU information school, use of the scorecard to conduct a self-assessment
helps school leaders identify ways to improve the program and update school
resources. For example, after reviewing scorecard results, the school
expanded the technology support it provides for its online students. The
school also launched new professional development activities for its
faculty, aimed at helping them boost their expertise as online educators.


"We are thrilled to receive the Sloan-C award," said Faires. "It recognizes
the hard work of our faculty and staff, who focus every day on how to make
our fully online programs more effective."


"Our school is committed to offering high quality online programs," said Dr.
Sandra Hirsh, director of the SJSU information school. "I'm pleased that our
efforts to stay up to date with the latest trends in online education were
recognized by the Sloan-C award committee."


The SJSU information school is also committed to sharing its effective
practices with other institutions. During July 2013, Faires met with faculty
from a university in Pakistan
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online program. Scholars from the Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad,
Pakistan, are currently planning to use the Sloan-C scorecard at their
institution as they start offering online courses.


The SJSU information school's programs are offered exclusively online,
allowing the school's faculty and staff to focus on meeting the needs of
online students. The school offers two graduate degree programs, a Master of
Library and Information Science
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in Library and Information Science. 


All of the school's resources are dedicated to supporting online students,
including career counseling, academic advising, and a technology support
team. In addition, the SJSU information school is an early adopter of
emerging technologies that advance its online learning environment
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The Sloan Consortium announced 2013 award winners
s-2013-Effective-Practice-Awards>  on November 4, and will honor award
recipients during the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online
Learning, on November 21, 2013, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


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The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
prepares individuals for professional careers in the information profession
and offers the following online educational programs
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*	Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
*	Teacher Librarian Program
*	Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA)
*	Post-Master's Certificate in Library and Information Science
*	San Jose Gateway PhD Program


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