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Program Expectations

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  • Attend Orientation
  • Sign up for the SLIS listserv
  • Meet with your advisor (in person, via phone, via email, via the web)
  • Submit a signed Program of Study to the Student Services Office
  • Meet with your advisor upon completion of 18 hours of course work (in person, via phone, via email)
  • Apply for graduation (deadlines: January 15th for May graduation, June 1st for August graduation, and September 1st for December graduation)
  • Submit your Portfolio to your advisor via Content Collection in Blackboard (deadlines: April 15th for May and August graduates, November 15th for December graduates)
  • Successfully complete 36 hours to earn your MLIS



Official University email accounts are available for all enrolled students. SLIS students are expected to check their email on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with University-related and course-related communications. Students have the responsibility to recognize that certain communications may be time-critical. "I didn't check my email," error in forwarding mail, or email returned with "Mailbox Full" or "User Unknown" are not acceptable excuses for missing official University, College, School, or course communications via email.

Faculty will determine how electronic forms of communication (e.g., email) will be used in their classes, and will specify their requirements in the course syllabus. This "Student Email Policy" will ensure that all students will be able to comply with email-based course requirements specified by faculty. Faculty can therefore make the assumption that students' official accounts are being accessed, and faculty can use email for their classes accordingly.

Having email redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with official communication sent to his or her account.


SLIS MLIS advisors will empower their students to take charge of their education, careers, and professional development through a collaborative relationship between advisor and student.


Through interactions with the faculty advisor:

  • Student will complete a Program of Study and be able to clearly articulate how course selection relates to professional and career goals.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions concerning their degree and career goals.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the value of the core requirements.
  • Students will utilize the resources and services on campus to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
  • Students will make use of referrals to campus resources as needed.
  • Students will create an end-of-program portfolio relevant to professional objectives.
  • Students will graduate in a timely manner based on their educational plan


  • Schedule appointments or make contact with advisor during each semester.
  • Be prepared for each appointment with questions or material for discussion.
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals.
  • Organize official documents in a way that enables you to access them when needed.
  • Gather all relevant decision-making information.
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities.
  • Become knowledgeable about USC and SLIS programs, requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Accept responsibility for decisions.


  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and USC and SLIS policies and procedures.
  • Encourage and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals.
  • Encourage and support students as they gain the skills to develop clear and attainable educational plans.
  • Monitor students’ progress toward meeting their goals.
  • Be accessible for meeting with advisees via telephone, e-mail, web access, or in person.
  • Assist students in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for their educational plans and achievements.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

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