IMLS SPARKS Ignite IL Framework Cooperative Project for At-Risk Student Success in Smaller Colleges

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This is the narrative written for the IMLS Sparks IL Framework Cooperative Project grant proposal. Through a partnership of five institutions led by McDaniel College, including Goucher College, Ursinus College, Washington College, and Washington & Jefferson College, we propose to develop best practices for ensuring information literacy education programs at smaller institutions support success and persistence of at-risk students in their critical first-year. We will use the newly adopted Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to develop and test new assessment methodologies and engaging educational experiences for first-year students. The project will take place in 2017. Upon completion of our project goals, we will write a white paper summarizing our successes, challenges and results. We will also share and publicize what we learned and the products we developed through conference presentations, articles, and a publicly available toolkit of resources.


Included as a supplemental file is the Revised Timeline for the project, which was altered from the one originally proposed as it developed.

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