UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

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UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Established 1881 as the California State Normal School in Los Angeles.
1919 incorporated into the University of California
Type Public
Endowment US$4.7 million [1] (parent endowment = US$2.81 billion) [2]
Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
Academic staff ~100
Students ~1,000[3]
Location Los Angeles, California, USA
Campus Urban
Former names

Department of Education: California State Normal School in Los Angeles (1881 - 1914), Los Angeles State Normal School (1914 - 1919), Teachers College (1919 - 1939), School of Education (1939 - 1994)
Department of Information Studies: School of Library Service (1958 - 1973), School of Library and Information Science (1973 - 1994)

The School of Education and the School of Library and Information Science were incorporated into the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in 1994.
Nickname GSE&IS, UCLA Ed & IS
Website http://www.gseis.ucla.edu, http://facebook.com/uclagseis, http://twitter.com/uclagseis

The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) is one of the professional graduate schools at the University of California, Los Angeles. Located in Los Angeles, California, the school combines two distinguished departments whose research and doctoral training programs are committed to expanding the range of knowledge in education, information science, and associated disciplines.[4] Established in 1881, the school is the oldest unit at UCLA, having been founded as a Normal School prior to the establishment of the university. It was incorporated into the University of California in 1919. The school offers a wide variety of doctoral and masters degrees, including the M.A., M.Ed., M.L.I.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D., as well as professional certificates and credentials in education and information studies. It also hosts visiting scholars and a number of research centers, institutes, and programs.

Both of its departments have consistently ranked highly among graduate schools of education and Master's of Library and Information Science by U.S. News and World Report in every year in which the magazine has published such rankings. U.S. News and World Report does not rank doctoral programs in information studies, but the information studies faculty consistently ranks among the most productive and highly cited faculty in its field, according to a standard quadrennial peer-reviewed study by professors within that field.[5] GSE&IS faculty are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,[6] Institute of Medicine,[7] American Association for the Advancement of Science,[8] and the National Academy of Education.[9]

Admission to GSE&IS is highly selective, particularly admission to the departments' doctoral programs; between 60-70% of those admitted enroll.[10][11] Roughly 150 doctoral students in education and 8 doctoral students in information studies are admitted to the school each year.[12][13] Each class in the two-year MLIS and MA programs in information studies has approximately 80 students,[14] while each class in the one-year M.Ed. and MA programs in education has approximately 250 students.[13]

Location[edit]

Because of the school's size, GSE&IS is located in three buildings on the UCLA campus in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. Moore Hall primarily houses the school's administration and education faculty. Built in 1930 and designed by George W. Kelham, Moore Hall is among the most architecturally significant buildings at UCLA, an example of the school's original Romanesque Revival style. During the campus' expansion during the 1950s, the modernist architect Kemper Nomland refurbished Moore Hall. The building was again refurbished by the Los Angeles-based architectural firm Robert Englekirk & Associates in 1993. Moore Hall is located directly south of Powell Library, adjacent to Bruin Walk, Kerkhoff Hall and Ackerman Union, in the middle of campus.[15]

The Mathematical Sciences Building (popularly known as "Math Sciences") houses some of the school's research centers, programs, and institutes, in addition to the administrative and faculty offices of the Mathematical Sciences. The building was built in 1957 and designed by Stanton & Stockwell in the mid-century modernist style. The Mathematical Sciences Building is located in the middle of campus, directly south of Moore Hall, at the north-west corner of the Court of Sciences.[15] The GSE&IS Building primarily houses the information studies faculty and computer and research labs. Built in 1991, the building is located in the northern part of the UCLA campus, off Sunset Boulevard, directly adjacent to the Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA's main research library.[16]

History[edit]

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies can trace its history back to a state legislative act in 1881 that established a "southern branch" of the California State Normal School in Los Angeles. When it opened in 1882 (on what is now the site of the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system), its primary responsibility was teacher training. The Department of Education was established in 1894. The school was renamed the Los Angeles State Normal School in 1914, and in 1917 the school was moved to a larger site on Vermont Avenue (on what is now the site of Los Angeles City College). The new facility included an elementary school where teachers-in-training could practice their teaching technique on children. That same year Ernest Carroll Moore (for whom Moore Hall is named) was appointed its director. The University of California opened its southern branch in 1919 by replacing the Los Angeles State Normal School with the University's Teachers College. A southern branch of the College of Letters and Science, which enrolled considerably fewer students than the Teachers College, was also established as part of the campus. Moore became director of the southern campus (later provost) and dean of the Teachers College, a position he held until 1939. The campus moved to its current location in Westwood, Los Angeles in 1929.[17]

Moore Hall west side entrance

In 1930 Los Angeles City Librarian Everett R. Perry proposed to the president of the University of California the establishment of a library school on the Los Angeles campus of the University. By 1935 the School of Librarianship was opened at the University's campus at Berkeley (now the UC Berkeley School of Information), which was later suspended through World War II. UCLA University Librarian Lawrence Clark Powell, among other Los Angeles leaders, resumed the prewar interest in a library school at UCLA. The Regents of the University of California approved the establishment of the school in 1958. Powell (for whom Powell Library is named) resigned his position as University Librarian to become dean of the new school. The school was established with collaboration from the School of Librarianship at Berkeley. The two schools initially created a single alumni association and doctoral students took courses, when appropriate, at either campus.[17] From its inception the school hired faculty from other disciplines, namely mathematician Robert M. Hayes. With innovation in information technology after World War II, library programs became increasingly multidisciplinary, effectively providing a disciplinary home for the interdisciplinary study of information science. Many library schools have since been repositioned as information schools, schools of information science, or schools of library and information science. See the history of information science.

The School of Education and the School of Library and Information Science were incorporated into the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in 1994. UCLA is the only major research university in the country that combines these two areas of study into a single school or college.[18]

Departments[edit]

Department of Education[edit]

Consistently ranked within the top ten graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World Report,[18][19] the Department of Education is committed to understanding and improving education practice in a diverse society. The Department of Education is UCLA's oldest unit, since UCLA was originally founded as a normal school for the training of teachers. Divisions within the Department of Education include Urban Schooling, Student Affairs, Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Organizational Change, Human Development and Psychology (formerly Psychological Studies in Education), Social Research Methodology, Social Sciences and Comparative Education, among others. The program offers both a Masters (awarded after one year of study) and Ph.D. program. The department is especially known for its research in the study of student testing and assessment, teacher and continuing education and development - particularly in urban, multi-ethnic environments, early childhood development, and issues of access, equity and quality facing higher education.[18] The department is home to National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP/PDC), the UC All Campus Consortium On Research and Diversity (UC ACCORD), and the Center for International and Development Education (CIDE), among others.

Department of Information Studies[edit]

Accredited by the American Library Association and a founding member of the I-Schools caucus, the Department of Information Studies ranks the 4th most productive and 3rd most highly cited faculty in the latest Budd survey of "Scholarly Productivity of U.S. LIS Faculty" (as measured per capita of faculty).[20] U.S. News and World Report ranks the Master's of Library Science program among the top 13 in the country.[21]

Broadly, the Department of Information Studies examines the application, communication, processing, representation and social consequences of technology. It also studies the structure, behavior, and interactions of natural and engineered computational systems. Traditionally, it is concerned with the gathering, manipulation, classification, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge. The central notion is the transformation and dissemination of information - whether by computation or communication, whether by organisms or artifacts. In this sense, it is more or less a merge of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computing science, and related fields. The UCLA Department of Information Studies is regarded for its cultural studies and social justice approach to Information Studies.

The department offers an undergraduate program in Information Studies; the Masters in Library and Information Science (awarded after two years of study), which has three focus areas: Library Studies, Archival Studies, and Informatics; the PhD in Information Studies; and the Moving Image Archive Studies M.A., an inter-departmental program jointly sponsored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. The department is home to the California Center for the Book, a division of the Center for the Book, the Center for Information as Evidence, and the California Rare Book School, among many other institutes, programs, and research centers.[22]

The program is known for having a diverse teaching faculty who come from many countries around the world. There are also many adjunct faculty members who teach at the school which adds some vocational instruction to the highly theoretical program.

UCLA Lab School[edit]

The UCLA Lab School, a quasi-private, quasi-public-school,[23] has been on the UCLA campus since 1947 and currently serves 450 students ranging in ages 4–12 and their families.[18] Today, GSEIS's Department of Education is the only such department in the United States that enjoys direct access to an on-campus elementary school.[24] The Lab School classrooms provide an experiential education by serving as laboratories for exploring ideas about teaching, learning, and child development. The school is located on the northern part of the UCLA campus, directly north of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, off Sunset Boulevard. The school has also opened satellite campuses in South Los Angeles, where educators can directly attack the educational challenges posed by poverty, lack of English fluency and achievement gaps on the part of racial and ethnic minorities.[23]

UCLA Community School (UCLA-CS)[edit]

UCLA-CS is located at the former Ambassador Hotel site in Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. The school, a part of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, opens its doors on September 2010 to students in grades K-12.

Journals[edit]

InterActions[edit]

The school's flagship journal is InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies. The journal is "a peer-reviewed on-line journal committed to the promotion of interdisciplinary and critical scholarship. Edited by students in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the journal brings together senior and emerging scholars, activists, and professionals whose work covers a broad range of theory and practice."[25] The journal is an open access journal housed by the Berkeley Electronic Press and the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library. According to the journal's aims and scope: "InterActions seeks to promote alternative and liberatory visions, methodologies and practices. We are particularly interested in work that analyzes inequities and links research to larger social and political contexts, and we encourage contributions that utilize critical frameworks in provocative and politically engaged ways."[25]

Freire Online Journal[edit]

The school also houses the Freire Online Journal, which publishes "Freirean academic, in the field, experimental, and research-based works."[26]

Degree programs[edit]

Centers[edit]

Institutes[edit]

Programs[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Endowed chairs[edit]

  • Allan Murray Cartter Chair in Higher Education (Walter R. Allen)
  • George F. Kneller Chair in Education & Anthropology (Teresa McCarty)
  • George F. Kneller Chair in Education & Philosophy (Douglas M. Kellner)
  • Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professorship in Bibliography (Johanna Drucker)
  • Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity (Sandra Graham)
  • Presidential Chair in Information Studies (Christine L. Borgman)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Annual Report
  2. ^ UC Annual Endowment Report Office of the Treasurer of The Regents Retrieved March 31, 2010 (As of June 30, 2009. Of this amount, $982,212,000 is designated to the UC Regents for the benefit of the campus and $898,838,000 is held by the campus Foundation.)
  3. ^ GSE&IS Fact Sheet
  4. ^ "Welcome to GSE&IS" UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Retrieved January 24, 2007
  5. ^ Adkins, Denice and Budd, John. "Scholarly Productivity of U.S. LIS Faculty." Library & Information Science Research 28.3 (Autumn 2006):374-389, in which UCLA ranks as the 4th most productive and 3rd most highly cited faculty. John Budd is a professor in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri.In 2000 Budd published rankings in Library Journal 70.2 (April 2000):230; UCLA ranked 8th and 3rd respectively. In 1996 Budd published rankings in The Library Quarterly 6.1 (1996):1-20; UCLA ranked 1st and 2nd respectively.
  6. ^ UCLA Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  7. ^ UCLA Members of the Institute of Medicine
  8. ^ UCLA Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  9. ^ UCLA Members of the National Academy of Education
  10. ^ "Program Profile Report: Education." http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/progprofile/result.asp?selectmajor=0249. Retrieved December 17, 2009
  11. ^ "Program Profile Report: Information Studies." http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/progprofile/result.asp?selectmajor=045A. Retrieved December 17, 2009
  12. ^ Program Profile Report: Information Studies http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/progprofile/result.asp?selectmajor=045A
  13. ^ a b Program Profile Report: Education http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/progprofile/result.asp?selectmajor=0249
  14. ^ Program Profile Report: Library & Information Science http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/progprofile/result.asp?selectmajor=0509
  15. ^ a b UCLA Buildings
  16. ^ GSEIS Building
  17. ^ a b Los Angeles: Schools and Colleges. University of California History Digital Archives. http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/UCHistory/general_history/campuses/ucla/colleges.html Retrieved March 21, 2007
  18. ^ a b c d GSE&IS Facts
  19. ^ "Top Education Programs" U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved January 24, 2007
  20. ^ Adkins, Denice and Budd, John. "Scholarly Productivity of U.S. LIS Faculty." Library & Information Science Research 28.3 (Autumn 2006):374-389. John Budd is a professor in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri. In 2000 Budd published rankings in Library Journal 70.2 (April 2000):230; UCLA ranked 8th and 3rd respectively. In 1996 Budd published rankings in The Library Quarterly 6.1 (1996):1-20; UCLA ranked 1st and 2nd respectively.
  21. ^ "Top Programs in Library and Information Studies" U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved December 7, 2008
  22. ^ "Research at GSE&IS." UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Retrieved January 24, 2007
  23. ^ a b Spreading scholastic success across town Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2008
  24. ^ "So you think you know UCLA History?" UCLA Commencement. Retrieved January 24, 2007
  25. ^ a b Mission, Aims, and Scopes. http://escholarship.org/uc/search?entity=gseis_interactions;view=mission
  26. ^ Freire Online Journal
  27. ^ "Civil Rights Project Moves to UCLA" UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved November 29, 2006

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