Graduate Examination

Prior to graduation, all students must complete a Graduate Examination requiring them to demonstrate mastery of the LIS Student Learning Outcomes. The ePortfolio will be the mandatory final product for all students admitted in Fall 2016 and later. Students admitted prior to Fall 2016 may choose to complete either the ePortfolio or the Comprehensive Examination option.

ePortfolios

ePortfolios support students’ ability to demonstrate thoughtful reflection on their time in the Program and what they learned. Students will include artifacts created as part of their coursework during their time in the program and will reflect on how each relates to their understanding of the SLOs. Students will also provide a biography, supply a resume or CV, and provide information about and reflect on their practicum experience if applicable.

During their last semester in the Program, students will designate their intent to graduate and sign up to participate in ePortfolios. It is the student’s obligation to respond to emails soliciting participation and to complete all work on time. Failure to do so and to complete work according to the guidelines provided will result in a delay in graduation.

Once they have officially indicated their intent to graduate and to complete the ePortfolios, students will be placed a course shell in Canvas, in accordance with the calendar below, where they will have access to detailed instructions and required software.

Comprehensive Examination

Students accepted into the Program prior to fall 2016 are eligible to take “comps” in lieu of doing an ePortfolio to meet the Graduate Examination requirements. The comps period lasts for 9 days, during which students will write four essays in response to faculty questions.

Students who qualify to take comps will designate their intent to graduate and will sign up to participate in comps. It is the student’s obligation to respond to emails soliciting participation and to complete all work on time. Failure to do so and to complete work according to the guidelines provided will result in a delay in graduation.

Once they have officially indicated their intent to graduate and to take comps, students will be placed a course shell in Canvas, in accordance with the calendar below, where they will have access to comps materials.

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