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Information Literacy and Instruction

Resources and tips about information literacy, critical thinking, and how faculty can incorporate these concepts into their courses.

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) Standards

Bentley University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) which was separated from the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) in 2018 and established as an independent commission.

The following standards used in their accreditation assessment are particularly relevant to libraries and information literacy (as identified by the ACRL Instruction Section). These standards are current as of January 2021. 

Standard 4 – The Academic Program

  • 4.12 "Expectations for student achievement, independent learning, information literacy, skills in inquiry, and critical judgment are appropriate to the subject matter and degree level and in keeping with generally accepted practice.
  • 4.15 "Graduates successfully completing an undergraduate program demonstrate competence in written and oral communication in English; the ability for scientific and quantitative reasoning, for critical analysis and logical thinking; and the capability for continuing learning, including the skills of information literacy.  They also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific, historical, and social phenomena, and a knowledge and appreciation of the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of humankind."
  • 4.19 "The major or area of concentration affords the student the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in a specific disciplinary or clearly articulated interdisciplinary area above the introductory level through properly sequenced course work or competencies.  Requirements for the major or area of concentration are based upon clear and articulated learning objectives, including a mastery of the knowledge, information resources, methods, and theories pertinent to a particular area of inquiry.  Through the major or concentration, the student develops an understanding of the complex structure of knowledge germane to an area of inquiry and its interrelatedness to other areas of inquiry.  For programs designed to provide professional training, an effective relationship exists between curricular content or competencies and effective practice in the field of specialization.  Graduates demonstrate an in-depth understanding of an area of knowledge or practice, its principal information resources, and its interrelatedness with other areas."

Standard 7 – Institutional Resources

  • 7.21 "The institution has sufficient and appropriate information, physical, and technological resources necessary for the achievement of its purposes wherever and however its academic programs are offered.  It devotes sufficient resources to maintain and enhance its information, physical, and technological resources. (See also 4.10)"
  • 7.22 "The institution provides access to library and information resources, services, facilities, and qualified staff sufficient to support its teaching and learning environments and its research and public service mission as appropriate."

Visit the NECHE website for the complete list of their Standards for Accreditation.