… in improving your retention and graduation rates
Students who receive quality information literacy training have been shown to have higher graduation rates. For “at risk” students, teaching information literacy is a powerful intervention for improving student retention. Effective information literacy programs for these students can be achieved with data-driven evaluation and continuous improvement.
… in preparing your students for careers and lifelong learning
Information literacy is a key component of lifelong learning. Increasing students’ information literacy proficiency increases the likelihood of students finding and keeping satisfying jobs and advancing their careers. Having measurable results of your information literacy programs allows you to demonstrate the value of your contribution to student success.
… in preparing your students for graduate school
Information literacy is a critical component of life as an academic researcher. Measuring the information literacy of your upper-division students will show where they need to develop for their future academic careers. Building on those results can allow you to ensure that your students have the necessary skills for success in graduate school.
… in empowering your students and increasing student awareness of information literacy
Ensuring that your students can participate in the collaborative production and sharing of information and that they are aware of how the information ecosystem affects them in their academic and professional lives, is crucial to graduating successful students. A key component of this process is gaining insight into the thought processes of your students. An information literacy assessment instrument that gives you reliable information is a powerful tool for achieving this goal.
Next up: Learn more about the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy.