At the Evidence-Based Discussion Group at ALA Annual in San Francisco, Dr. Penny Beile from University of Central Florida Libraries shared a project underway at UCF: “A correlation study of library usage and student academic performance.” The presentation that Dr. Beile gave at ALA Annual is available for download below.
Dr. Beile shared her rationale for undertaking this study, citing other recent work on the subject, and the methods, which track student interaction with library instruction, research consultations, and library resources such as study rooms, interlibrary loan, and library computers. The study is currently correlating student interaction with the library with student grades and over time will look at retention, time to graduation, and GPA at graduation.
This type of correlation study is useful for demonstrating the way the library impacts student success and can provide information for increasing or revising library programs and services. Publications regarding library impact on faculty research, student performance, and institutional reputation are collected and posted on the Valueography: http://acrl.ala.org/valueography/. Check it out and recommend additional publications for inclusion!