FAQ about Accreditation

FAQs regarding the Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) vote to withdraw accreditation from the MLS program.

 

1. Has accreditation already been withdrawn?

No. The University is appealing the COA’s vote to withdraw accreditation. The program continues to be accredited until there is a final decision regarding the appeal.

 

2. I am a current student in the MLS Program. Will I be able to graduate from an ALA accredited program?

If the University is not successful in its appeal you will have 24 months from the date we receive notification of the final decision concerning our appeal to complete your program and graduate and still be considered to have graduated from an ALA accredited program. If graduation from an ALA accredited program is not required for your employment or future plans, you will be able to proceed through the program at your own pace as the University will continue to offer courses for the MLS degree for the foreseeable future.

 

If the University is successful in its appeal there will be no impact on your progress; you will be able to proceed at your own pace.

 

3. I was accepted into the MLS Program but have never taken ay courses in the program. Can I begin the MLS Program?

Yes, you can begin the MLS Program, but you must begin taking courses in the fall 2013 term. However, if the University is not successful in its appeal you will have 24 months from the date we receive notification of the final decision concerning our appeal to complete your program and graduate and still be considered to have graduated from an ALA accredited program. If graduation from an ALA accredited program is not required for your employment or future plans, you can begin and complete your studies at your own pace. When considering your decision to begin the MLS Program please take into consideration both current and future plans.

 

4. I am a student who has previously taken courses in the MLS program as a non-matriculated student. I was planning to apply to the MLS program for admission in the Fall 2013 term. What impact will the vote to withdraw accreditation have on my plans to apply and become a matriculated student?

During the period that the University is appealing the vote to withdraw accreditation it will not be possible to apply to the MLS program online. If you have already taken courses as a non-matriculated student and have not submitted an application already, you will need to contact the Office of Graduate School Admissions at 203-392-5240 and ask that a paper application be mailed to you. You will need to complete the paper application, submit it with the appropriate fee, and be sure that all other required documents are sent to the School of Graduate Studies by August 21, 2013.

 

If the University is not successful in its appeal, and graduating from an accredited program is required for your employment or future plans, you will have 24 months from the date we receive notification of the final decision concerning our appeal to complete your program and graduate and still be considered to have graduated from an ALA accredited program. If graduation from an ALA accredited program is not required for your employment or future plans, you can complete your studies at your own pace. However, when considering your decision to apply please take into consideration both current and future plans.

 

If the University is successful in its appeal of the vote to withdraw accreditation then there will be no impact, you can enter the program and proceed through the program at your own pace.

 

5.I am interested in applying to the MLS program and have never taken any courses in the program. Can I apply to the MLS program?

Yes, you can still apply to the MLS program. However, during the period that the University is appealing the vote to withdraw accreditation it will not be possible to apply to the MLS program online. You will need to contact the Office of Graduate School Admissions at 203-392-5240 and ask that a paper application be mailed to you. You will need to complete the paper application, submit it with the appropriate fee, and be sure that all other required documents are sent to the School of Graduate Studies by August 21, 2013. You must begin taking courses in the fall 2013 term.

 

If the University is not successful in its appeal, and graduating from an accredited program is required for your employment or future plans, you will have 24 months from the date we receive notification of the final decision concerning our appeal to complete your program and graduate and still be considered to have graduated from an ALA accredited program. If graduation from an ALA accredited program is not required for your employment or future plans, you can begin and complete your studies at your own pace. However, when considering your decision to apply please take into consideration both current and future plans.

 

6. Will my courses transfer to another MLS Program?

All decisions regarding transfer credits are always the prerogative of the receiving university. Most universities have an established number of transfer credits that they will accept. SCSU cannot guarantee that the specific course(s) you have taken in our MLS Program will be accepted for inclusion in a program offered by another university.

 

7. I am a student in the School Media Certification program. What impact will the vote to withdraw accreditation have on my program?

The vote to withdraw accreditation will have no impact on the School Media Certification Program. You can continue to take courses in this program without interruption.

 

8. I am a student in the 6th Year Diploma program. What impact will the vote to withdraw accreditation have on my program?

The vote to withdraw accreditation will have no impact on the 6th Year Diploma Program. You can continue to take courses in this program without interruption.

 

 

 

We would be more than happy to talk with you about your options to help you reach the best possible decision for your current and future needs. Please contact Professor Arlene Bielefield (bielefielda1@southernct.edu) for additional advisement related to the MLS Program.