Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Regional Accreditation Standards

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines committee has gathered together links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional organizations, and institutions of higher education.

Updated May 2018

1. Accrediting Agencies & Professional Associations

American Academy for Liberal Education

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Northwest Commission on Colleges, and Universities (NWCCU).

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

  • “Standard 2: Achieving Educational Objectives Through Core Functions—Teaching and Learning.” 2013 Handbook of Accreditation, Revised. Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission, 2015, p. 14.

2. Related Research

Gratch-Lindauer, Bonnie. 2002. Comparing the regional accreditation standards: Outcomes assessment and other trends. Journal of Academic Librarianship 28(1/2): 14.

Malone, Debbie and Nelson, William Neal. 2006. A Library compliance strategy for regional accreditation standards: Using ACRL Higher Education Standards with the Middle States Commission. College & Undergraduate Libraries 13(1): 89-105.

Nelson, William N. 2004. SACS Standards 2004: A Compliance strategy for academic libraries. Southeastern Librarian 52(3): 9-16.

Ratteray, Oswald M. T. 2002. Information literacy in self-study and accreditation. Journal of Academic Librarianship 28(6): 368.

Rockman, Ilene F. 2003. Integrating information literacy into the outcomes of academic disciplines. College & Research Libraries News 64(9): 612-615.

Sowell, Cary. 2005. Accrediting agencies still value libraries. Community & Junior College Libraries 13(2): 3-4.

Thompson, Gary B. 2002. Information literacy accreditation mandates: What they mean for faculty and librarians. Library Trends 51(2): 218-41.



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