Assessment in Action

Drexel University: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

(No) Student Learning: Assignment

(No) Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

(No) Student Engagement

Student Success

(No) Academic Intimacy/Rapport

(No) Enrollment

(No) Retention

(No) Completion

(No) Graduation

(No) Articulation

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

(No) Instruction: Games

(No) Instruction: One Shot

(No) Instruction: Course Embedded

(No) Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials


Educational Role (other than reference or instruction)

(No) Space, Physical

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

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

(No) English Composition

General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

Other (please describe)

Career education

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

(No) Assessment Office

Institutional Research

(No) Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

(No) Information/Academic Technology

(No) Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

(No) Library Administrator

Other Librarian

Other (please describe)

Campus career center

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)


(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

(No) Pre/Post Test

(No) Rubric

(No) Other (please describe)

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

(No) 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)

student's self assessment at the end of co-op work experience

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Inquiry Question (150 words open)

What was the project's primary inquiry question?

  1. Do students who use library resources in co-op search rate themselves higher in information literacy self-efficacy?

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. Drexel University was founded on the basis of co-operative education in which students alternate between coursework and work experiences. Over 95 percent of undergraduates complete at least one co-op, lasting two terms (about 6 months), that are in a student’s field of study with all job searching done outside of coursework. Because of the importance of co-op at Drexel and the emphasis on workplace preparation, the libraries want to assess how our contributions to co-op strengthen students' information literacy. Our team was made up of members from the campus career center – specifically an administrator for co-op education (the co-op 101 course all undergraduate students take before applying for co-ops), along with staff member responsible for assessment. We also included a member from institutional research who had been part of the career center and had a deep knowledge of the ways that co-op had been assessed and assessment at Drexel.

  • 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. Drexel is in a unique position to assess our impact on information literacy skills that are used after graduation and in job search because of our strong cooperative education program. Our project has been used to strengthen our assessment efforts on campus and reflect on the libraries’ role in co-op and in demonstrating value to the rest of campus. While we used this project largely to create a baseline for assessing this area and our findings are not statistically significant, we have strengthened our relationship with our career center and will use this project to start asking new questions about our existing relationship and with the team have come up with next steps to take. The value in this project lies largely in the collaboration and the partnership that has grown out of working with our campus partners.

  • 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. On our campus this project will contribute to the assessment activities of the libraries and of the career center and will be used to amend the questions concerning information literacy skills that students answer on the mandatory evaluation that is completed at the end of co-op. This study has given us a baseline to work from and a starting point for our assessment of our relationship with the career center. We have discussed next steps and potential plans for ongoing assessment of this area including continuing to run our survey in different forms with specialized groups of students. Additionally, our partners in the career center have given us valuable input on ways to determine what students are aware of and expect from the libraries when searching for a co-op or a job.

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


    Elise Ferer, Librarian for Undergraduate Learning
    215- 571-4288
    Drexel University Libraries
    Drexel University
    3300 Market Street
    W. W. Hagerty Library, Rm 125
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Do students who used library resources searching for co-op job rate themselves higher in information literacy self-efficacy? National studies of employers have found recent graduates lacking information literacy skills. Most Drexel University undergraduates complete a “co-op” as part of their degree program. We partnered with the campus career center to understand the effect library resources in job search have on information literacy self-efficacy.
AiA_Template_40X88_pdf.pdf Putting the Library to Work: Information Literacy Skills in Co-op Job Search