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The Best and the Worst LIS Schools, 2007-2009

There are many ways of determining the "best" and the "worst." For this unofficial ranking, the best and worst library and information science (LIS) schools in the Philippines may be identified using the aggregate passing rates for each school whose graduates took the Librarians' Licensure Examination for the first time in 2007, 2008 and 2009, the only years for which detailed results per school are available. Only schools with examinees for all three years are included in the tables below. The schools are divided into three groups: those with 31 or more examinees, those with 11 to 30, and those with 10 or less.

LLE 2007-2009: Best & Worst LIS Schools

Note that the schools have been divided into groups arbitrarily, and that no school has actually been designated as "best" or "worst." This will be left to the reader to judge. The following observations, however, are offered as a way of demonstrating the need to divide the schools into groups—and its drawbacks—and the ways in which the tables may be used:

  • Only two schools had more than 100 examinees: UP with 129, and PUP with 123. The former's passing rate is 95 percent, while the latter's is 45 percent.
  • National Teacher's College, with 32 examinees, and Mindanao State University, with 30, are not in the same group, but one has a 6 percent passing rate, while the other's is 73 percent.
  • All of Saint Louis University's 12 examinees passed. In contrast, not one of the 17 graduates from University of Northern Philippines-Vigan made it.
  • Six schools were represented from 2007-2009, but all their examinees were repeaters, and that's why their names are on the list but no data is provided.
Why am I doing this? There is very little information available to students regarding the quality of LIS schools, and it is my hope that this effort of mine can provoke more detailed studies. Plus, if even one prospective LIS student looks at these tables and decides to go to one school, instead of another, then the time I've spent on this would have been worth it.

The data used for this post came from the following files: 2007, 2008 and 2009. Below is an alphabetical list of all the schools, with passing rates for first timers, repeaters and overall performance:Librarians' Licensure Exam 2007-2009

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