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Citadel News Service
18 Apr 2013

ACRL selects Citadel to participate in Assessment in Action program


Librarian Elizabeth Connor leads Citadel AiA team.

The Citadel was one of 75 institutions from 29 states and three Canadian provinces chosen by the Association of College and Research Libraries to participate in the first year of Assessment in Action:  Academic Libraries and Student Success.  AiA is a three-year program that will support a proposed study to strengthen the role of librarians on campus and emphasize the importance of assessment-based decision making. 

The Citadel team, led by librarian Elizabeth Connor, will explore the impact of a learning community on the education and success of female STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors.  Also participating are Chemistry Professor Kevin Bower, Education Professor Renee Jefferson and Chemistry Professor Lisa Zuraw.

“This is a prestigious program,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college.  “Elizabeth and her team put together an excellent project based on our strategic initiatives, and I applaud their contribution to fulfilling our mission—achieving excellence in the education and development of principled leaders.”

While female cadets comprise just 7 percent of the Corps of Cadets, more than 51 percent are enrolled in STEM majors.  Throughout the study, a cohort of female STEM majors will receive individual library instruction during Evening Study Period.  ESP is mandatory for all cadets from 8 to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

The team’s goals for the study include:

1) Aligning library assessment with college strategic initiatives relative to recruiting, retaining and employing female STEM majors.

2) Building collaborative relationships with STEM faculty and students that document the value of library resources.

3) Contributing to institutional data by developing and measuring the impact of learning-community-based instruction where a need has been identified. AiA is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Achieving excellence in the education and development of principled leaders
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