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Our Vision

The School of Information Studies echoes the University vision to be an innovative leader in empowering graduates from diverse backgrounds to meet the challenges of an increasingly interdependent world.

Our Mission

The School of Information Studies, through its various degree programs and certificates, empowers students to become professionals who connect individuals and communities to the world of information and learning with reason, compassion, and a commitment to service and radical inclusion.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Program goals and learning outcomes are integrated into the curriculum, and are tied to course objectives and deliverables.

Master of Science in Information Management: Learning Goals and Outcomes, May, 2021
Goal 1: Develop a professional identity within the information management professions.
  • Outcome 1a. Describe the impact of core values and ethics on practice in the information management profession.
  • Outcome 1b. Describe the historical foundations of information technologies and apply this knowledge to anticipate and plan for future developments.
  • Outcome 1c. Participate in professional activities and associations, such as professional conferences and meetings, internships and practicums, and professional email discussions and social media.
Goal 2: Understand the essential nature of information management and its relevance to society.
  • Outcome 2a. Describe various definitions and concepts of information. Articulate the context of information management and the social, ethical, cultural, legal, and economic factors that impact information systems
  • Outcome 2b. Analyze how information policies impact the information lifecycle (data creation, storage, protection, access, use, and curation) in a variety of settings for diverse communities and organizations.
  • Outcome 2c. Develop appropriate responses to the strategic needs of organizations within their social, ethical, cultural, legal, economic, and/or technical context.
Goal 3: Envision, develop, manage, and curate information and its systems across the spectrum of human records from local to global contexts.
  • Outcome 3a. Utilize and assess technologies for the creation, production, manipulation, and analysis of information.
  • Outcome 3b. Design tools and systems using a human-centered, culturally-responsive approach to meet the needs of people, organizations, and communities.
  • Outcome 3c. Assess applicability of current and emerging technologies to solve information management problems.
Goal 4: Synthesize theory and practice within a dynamic, evolving, and diverse information environment.
  • Outcome 4a. Apply information management theories, principles, and research to professional practice in educational, cultural, societal, and commercial contexts.
  • Outcome 4b. Utilize information management theoretical and practice-based concepts to empower communities and organizations to engage successfully with information.
  • Outcome 4c. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, discuss, synthesize, and critically evaluate theoretical and practice-based advances in the research literature.
Goal 5: Effectively communicate and collaborate to successfully deliver information products and services.
  • Outcome 5a. Apply marketing and/or advocacy principles to demonstrate and promote the value of information management in organizations and information agencies.
  • Outcome 5b. Demonstrate effective professional communication to achieve common understanding as an individual or in group settings.
  • Outcome 5c. Demonstrate leadership principles in an educational, professional, or community context.