ERIC Number: ED388136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Information Literacy in Higher Education: A Report on the Middle States Region.
Ratteray, Oswald M. T.; Simmons, Howard L.
A survey of 830 institutions of higher education in the United States explored the status of initiatives to promote information literacy, which is defined as a subset of critical thinking skills that consists of an individual's knowing when he/she has an informational need and how to access, evaluate, and effectively use information. The survey found that, on a national basis, institutions in the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) region may be leading other regions of the country in applying information literacy strategies on campus. Of the 259 MSACS respondents, 31 percent indicated that they have a "functional" information literacy program, 27 percent offered a course that focuses on information literacy abilities, and 19 percent integrated information literacy experiences into courses in all majors. The survey also found that 19 percent of MSACS respondents have developed formal assessments of students' information literacy skills, and that 38 percent provided faculty and staff development to support the information literacy program. MSACS institutions were, on average, above the national norms in these areas. Data is provided in six tables. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.