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ERIC Number: ED514040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Bachelor's Degree in Library and Information Science Field: A Comparative Analysis Study Performed on Distinguished American Universities
Abouserie, Hossam Eldin Mohamed Refaat
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This study explored the state of bachelor's degree offered at top Library and Information Science schools in the United States in 2009. Schools selected were accredited on the Master's level and ranked as top five Library and Information Science schools by the American Library Association, ALA. The study embraced the comparative analysis methodology. The focus of the study was on various points related to the BA degree, such as accreditation, program emphasis, course offerings, distance learning, cost, admissions requirements, and rate. The study found bachelor degree in Library and Information Science to be the least offered degree. The basic requirements to enroll in bachelor degree programs varied from one school to another. Rank and accreditation were restricted to graduate programs on the master's level, and not on the bachelor level. Each school had its unique curriculum, as schools had different concentrations and various focuses. Number and type of courses offered (core, elective) varied from one school to another. Courses offered were on-campus (residential) courses and schools didn't have a choice of distance learning at the undergraduate level. Tuitions paid were relatively high and varied not only from a school to another but also within each school according to student's status (In-State Student & Out-of-State Student). Each program had its own admission requirements. Some schools required students to take some courses, while other schools required students to take certain tests. The study found that the University of Michigan had its unique system, in that it divided students into three types: prospective students, transfer students and international students, defining certain requirements for each type. The study found the school at Syracuse University offered more choices to students, such as obtaining dual degrees, registering in honor programs and studying abroad. (Contains 55 footnotes, 2 figures, and 12 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States