U. Ariz. Library School Drops Accreditation Appeal; Gains Conditional Accreditation

U. Ariz. Library School Drops Accreditation
Appeal; Gains Conditional Accreditation

The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Sciences has dropped its appeal of a February 1999 decision by ALA’s Committee on Accreditation to withdraw accreditation of the school’s master’s-degree program. After the school took the action, COA granted a two-year conditional accreditation of the program. The conditional accreditation takes effect June 1 but also covers students who have earned their library degree from the SIRLS since February 1999.

According to a May 24 statement from Interim SIRLS Director Carla Stoffle, the conditional accreditation resulted from the university implementing such COA recommendations as a significantly increased budget and the addition of two faculty positions over the next two years. UA officials have also appointed a full-time SIRLS director, namely Brooke Sheldon, former dean of the University of Texas GSILS.

The university is committed to “continuing to serve the needs of the State of Arizona and the Southwest generally,” Stoffle said.

Posted May 29, 2000.