Assessment in Action

The State University of New York at Fredonia: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

Student Learning: Assignment

(No) Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

Student Engagement

Student Success

(No) Academic Intimacy/Rapport

(No) Enrollment

(No) Retention

(No) Completion

(No) Graduation

(No) Articulation

(No) Graduates' Career Success

(No) Testing (e.g., GRE, MCAT, LSAT, CAAP, CLA, MAPP)

(No) Other (please describe)

Primary Library Factor Examined (select one or more)


(No) Instruction: Games

(No) Instruction: One Shot

Instruction: Course Embedded

Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials

(No) Reference

(No) Educational Role (other than reference or instruction)

(No) Space, Physical

(No) Discovery (library resources integrated in institutional web and other information portals)

(No) Discovery (library resource guides)

(No) Discovery (from preferred user starting points)

(No) Collections (quality, depth, diversity, format or currency)

(No) Personnel (number and quality)

(No) Other (please describe)

Student Population (select one or more)


(No) Graduate

(No) Incoming

(No) Graduating

(No) Pre-College/Developmental/Basic Skills

(No) Other (please describe)

Discipline (select one or more)

(No) Arts

(No) Humanities

(No) Social Sciences

(No) Natural Sciences (i.e., space, earth, life, chemistry or physics)

(No) Formal Sciences (i.e., computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics or systems science)

(No) Professions/Applied Sciences

English Composition

General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

(No) Other (please describe)

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

(No) Assessment Office

(No) Institutional Research

Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

(No) Information/Academic Technology

(No) Student Affairs

Campus Administrator

(No) Library Administrator

(No) Other Librarian

(No) Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)

(No) Survey

(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)


Pre/Post Test

(No) Rubric

Other (please describe)

Student Work Sample

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

Research Paper/Project

(No) Class Assignment (other than research paper/project)

(No) Other (please describe)

Indirect Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Test Scores

(No) GPA

(No) Degree Completion Rate

(No) Retention Rate

Other (please describe)

Asynchronous Modules

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Inquiry Question (150 words open)

What was the project's primary inquiry question?

  1. What is the impact of integrating information literacy learning outcomes in a first-year general education course.

Executive Summary (150 words open)

  • How does the project align with your institution’s priorities and needs?
  • Why did you choose the outcome and library factor as areas to examine?
  • Why was the team composition appropriate?

  1. As an institution within the State of New York (SUNY) system, Fredonia must adhere to certain student learning outcomes/competencies regarding General Education. One of these competencies, Information Management, which should be infused throughout the curriculum and consists of three student learning outcomes, is directly related to the ACRL’s Information Literacy standards, however, not as well defined. The infusion of Information Management throughout the General Education program at Fredonia has always been problematic; due mainly to the generality of the student learning outcomes set by SUNY as well as misinterpretation/misunderstanding by faculty and staff. Assessment of Information Management throughout the General Education curriculum has also been problematic, in regard to identifying a cohort, completing the assessment, and dissemination of results. The project provided support and structure for the campus team in identifying clear student learning outcomes, as well as, effective instructional and assessment strategies.

  • What are the significant contributions of your project?
  • What was learned about assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success?
  • What was learned about creating or contributing to a culture of assessment on campus?
  • What, if any, are the significant findings of your project?

  1. The project provided great insight regarding the effectiveness of a blended instructional approach to information literacy within the General Education program on Fredonia’s campus.

  • What will you change as a result of what you learned (– e.g., institutional activities, library functions or practices, personal/professional practice, other)?
  • How does this project contribute to current, past, or future assessment activities on your campus?

  1. Based on the information gathered through this project, the library faculty will continue to investigate effective instructional approaches to information literacy, as well as continue to work with closely with faculty and staff in assignments and course design.

Please list any articles published, presentations given, URL of project website, and team leader contact details.

  1. Scott S. Richmond
    Senior Assistant Librarian, Research & Information Literacy Services
    Campus Team Leader
    Daniel A. Reed Library
    The State University of New York at Fredonia
    280 Central Ave.
    Fredonia, New York 14063

    Project Website:

Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, Daniel A. Reed Library investigated the impact of integrating information literacy learning outcomes in a first-year, general education course as part of the institution’s Assessment in Action project. This poster focuses on the benefits and challenges of utilizing a blended approach to information literacy instruction in first-year English Composition courses.
Richmond_-_SUNY_Fredonia_-_AiA_2016_-_Final_Poster.pdf Asynchronous Learning & The First-Year Classroom