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Retention Data

The retention table below captures the overall retention for the MMLIS program. The table shows the number of students who began the program each semester, starting with the first cohort in Summer 2013 through the Fall 2020 cohort. Enrollment from the 1st to 2nd semester is a key transition point for students in the program, as more than half of students who withdraw from the program have withdrawn in the first or second semester. As such, the retention table shows the percentage of students who enroll for their 2nd semester in the program, where the overall average for the program has been 90%. In addition, the retention table tracks retention outcomes for all student cohorts, breaking down the percentage graduated, active, and withdrawn.

MMLIS Overall Retention Data by Cohort

Cohort Number of Entering Students Number of Students Who Enrolled for a 2nd Semester Percentage of Students Who Enrolled for a 2nd Semester
Summer 2013 14 13 93%
Fall 2013 9 8 89%
Spring 2014 7 7 100%
Summer 2014 7 5 71%
Fall 2014 9 9 100%
Spring 2015 9 9 100%
Summer 2015 11 11 100%
Fall 2015 18 14 78%
Spring 2016 9 8 89%
Summer 2016 4 3 75%
Fall 2016 12 11 92%
Spring 2017 14 12 86%
Summer 2017 14 11 79%
Fall 2017 33 32 97%
Spring 2018 17 12 71%
Summer 2018 14 10 71%
Fall 2018 26 26 100%
Spring 2019 10 9 100%
Summer 2019 9 7 78%
Fall 2019 23 21 91%
Spring 2020 15 15 100%
Summer 2020 15 15 100%
Fall 2020 22 20 91%
Total 321 288 90%

Cohort Number of Entering Students Students Who Graduated Percentage of Students Who Graduated
Summer 2013 14 13 93%
Fall 2013 9 4 44%
Spring 2014 7 3 43%
Summer 2014 7 4 57%
Fall 2014 9 7 78%
Spring 2015 9 6 67%
Summer 2015 11 10 91%
Fall 2015 18 12 67%
Spring 2016 9 5 56%
Summer 2016 4 3 75%
Fall 2016 12 9 75%
Spring 2017 14 10 71%
Summer 2017 14 10 71%
Fall 2017 33 26 79%
Spring 2018 17 11 65%
Summer 2018 14 7 50%
Fall 2018 26 20 77%
Spring 2019 10 7 70%
Summer 2019 9 5 56%
Total 246 172 70%

Cohort Number of Entering Students Number of Students Who Are Still Active in the Program* Percentage of Active Students Number of Students Who Have Withdrawn From This Cohort** Percentage of Withdrawn Students
Summer 2013 14 0 0% 1 7%
Fall 2013 9 0 0% 5 56%
Spring 2014 7 0 0% 4 57%
Summer 2014 7 0 0% 3 43%
Fall 2014 9 0 0% 2 22%
Spring 2015 9 0 0% 3 33%
Summer 2015 11 0 0% 1 9%
Fall 2015 18 1 6% 5 28%
Spring 2016 9 1 11% 3 33%
Summer 2016 4 0 0% 1 25%
Fall 2016 12 0 0% 3 25%
Spring 2017 14 0 0% 4 29%
Summer 2017 14 0 0% 3 21%
Fall 2017 33 1 3% 6 18%
Spring 2018 17 0 0% 6 35%
Summer 2018 14 0 0% 6 43%
Fall 2018 26 0 0% 4 15%
Spring 2019 10 0 0% 2 20%
Summer 2019 9 0 0% 4 44%
Fall 2019 23 1 4% 4 17%
Spring 2020 15 2 13% 0 0%
Summer 2020 15 12 80% 1 7%
Fall 2020 22 19 86% 2 9%
Total 321 37 12% 73 23%

*includes students on an approved Leave of Absence
**includes academic dismissals

Graduation Rate and Time to Completion

The graduation rates table below shows the percentage of eligible students who have graduated at key milestones as well as those who are still active in the program or withdrawn. The MMLIS program is intended to be completed in five semesters, so all cohorts who have had at least five semesters in the program are considered eligible to graduate. Through the Fall 2020 graduating term, cohorts starting in the Summer 2013 through the Summer 2019 semesters are included as eligible. Of the 246 eligible students, 129 or 52.4% completed the program in 5 semesters, or within 100% of the intended program length. An additional 39 students took 6-8 semesters to finish the program, making it 168 total students or 68.3% that graduated within 150% of the intended program length. Four students took nine or more semesters to complete the program, making a grand total 172 students or 69.9% that graduated from the program. Eight of the 246 eligible students or 3.3% are still actively pursuing the degree, while 66 of the 246 or 26.8% have withdrawn or have been dismissed from the program.

Master of Management in Library and Information Science program
Graduation Rates through Fall 2020

Cohort Start Terms Last Grad Term Total Eligible Students
Summer 2013-Summer 2019 Fall 2020 246

Program Length (within 100%) Students in Grad Status Grad %
5 semesters 129 52.40%

Program Length (within 150%) Students in Grad Status Grad % Students in Grad Status (overall) Grad %
6-8 semesters 168 68.30% 172 69.90%

Active Active % LOA (as subset of Active) W/D W/D %
8 3.30% 3 66 26.80%

Alumni Placement

An MMLIS placement survey instrument has been developed to assess post-graduation employment rates and job satisfaction. The MMLIS placement survey is sent out one year after graduation. To date, it has been administered to the class of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 totaling 129 graduates. Those who responded listed their current job titles on the survey. Alumni also regularly reach out to the MMLIS staff and faculty to keep the department apprised of their career status, or have connected with us via LinkedIn. Thus, their titles below were collected from the survey, direct communication, and LinkedIn. Of the 129 eligible graduates, we have identified 110 positions. About 72% of the identified positions are in the library and information science field.

Our graduates have reported that they are currently in positions such as:

  • Senior Youth Services Librarian
  • Library Director
  • Digital & E-Resources Librarian
  • Metadata Specialist
  • Adjunct Faculty Librarian
  • Outreach Librarian
  • Technical Librarian and Researcher
  • Reference Librarian
  • Library Branch Manager
  • Web Manager
  • Adult Services Librarian
  • Manager of the Digital Imaging Lab
  • Student - doctoral program
  • Database Specialist
  • Clinical Librarian
  • Law Librarian
  • Systems and Online Resources Librarian
  • Data Analyst
  • Information Project Manager

Student Demographics

The MMLIS program is proud of its diverse student body. See a breakdown of gender and ethnicity below.

MMLIS Active Spring 2021 by Gender
Includes all students enrolled in the Spring 2021 term. Also includes those on a leave of absence.

Ethnicity Ethnicity (Count) Ethnicity (Percentage)
Female 69 74%
     Asian 7 10%
     Black or African American 4 6%
     Hispanic/Latinx 15 22%
     White 28 41%
     Two or More Races 12 17%
     International 1 1%
     Declined to State 2 3%
Male 24 26%
     Asian 4 17%
     Hispanic/Latinx 5 21%
     White 9 38%
     Two or More Races 5 21%
     International 1 4%
Grand Total 93 100%

Age Age (Count) Age (Percentage)
Female 69 74%
     20 to 24 23 33%
     25 to 29 21 30%
     30 to 34 12 17%
     35 to 39 3 4%
     40 to 44 4 6%
     45 to 49 3 4%
     50 to 54 3 4%
Male 24 26%
     20 to 24 4 17%
     25 to 29 11 46%
     30 to 34 4 17%
     35 to 39 4 17%
     40 to 44 1 4%
Grand Total 93 100%

MMLIS Graduates Fall 2020
Includes every student who graduated by the Fall 2020 term.

Ethnicity Ethnicity (Count) Ethnicity (Percentage)
Female 141 82%
     American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1%
     Asian 10 7%
     Black or African American 14 10%
     Hispanic/Latinx 22 16%
     White 66 47%
     Two or More Races 19 13%
     International 1 1%
     Declined to State 8 6%
Male 30 17%
     Asian 4 13%
     Black or African American 5 17%
     Hispanic/Latinx 5 17%
     White 10 33%
     Two or More Races 4 13%
     Declined to State 2 7%
Declined to State 1 1%
     Declined to State 1 100%
Grand Total 172 100%

Age Age (Count) Age (Percentage)
Female 141 141
     20 to 24 24 24
     25 to 29 41 41
     30 to 34 26 26
     35 to 39 17 17
     40 to 44 11 11
     45 to 49 6 6
     50 to 54 3 3
     >54 13 13
Male 30 30
     20 to 24 3 3
     25 to 29 6 6
     30 to 34 5 5
     35 to 39 8 8
     40 to 44 2 2
     45 to 49 1 1
     50 to 54 2 2
     >54 3 3
Declined to State 1 1
     40 to 44 1 1
Grand Total 172 172