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Assessment in Action

Information Literacy and the Campus

The Assessment in Action research project contributes towards articulating a framework of Information Literacy skills in collaboration with campus communities that the Libraries can build upon.

Information Literacy Definitions

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
ALA (American Library Association) and ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries)

"Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use it efficiently." **

  • Determine the extent of information needed

  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently

  • Evaluate information and its sources critically

  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base

  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose

  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

National Forum on Information Literacy (1989)
"Information literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, and to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information for the issue or problem at hand."

Situating WASC Accreditation in the 21st Century: Redesign for 2012 and Beyond 
WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges)
Published in Fall 2011, this document identifies five areas of institutional assessment. "A major component of the redesign is that institutions will be expected to demonstrate that their graduates have achieved the institution's stated level of proficiency at least in the following five areas stated in CFR 2.2a: written and oral communication, quantitative skills, critical thinking and information literacy.

VALUE Rubrics: Information Literacy

AAC&U (Association of American Colleges & Universities)

The VALUE rubrics were developed by teams of faculty experts representing colleges and universities across the United States through a process that examined many existing campus rubrics and related documents for each learning outcome and incorporated additional feedback from faculty. The rubrics articulate fundamental criteria for each learning outcome, with performance descriptors demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of attainment.

UCSC Learning Outcomes

UCSC Program Learning Outcomes
Individual program learning outcomes

UCSC Learning Outcomes for graduating undergraduates
WASC Institutional Learning Outcomes for UCSC as defined by the Committee on Educational Policy for graduating UCSC undergraduate students.

UCSC Assessment: Information Literacy Rubric
Adapted from the Association of American Colleges and Universities VALUE Rubric

2013-16 WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges) Accreditation
Information on the current UCSC evaluation by WASC which began in 2013-14