The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees has instituted graduation standards for all Associate's and Bachelor's degree candidates. The overall object of these standards is to provide assurance that VSC graduates have certain essential skills for success in the workplace and in life in general. For example, for the Vermont State Colleges, competency in information literacy means that upon graduation students will be able to:
1. Define a research topic and the information needed.
2. Use a variety of traditional and electronic resources to collect and organize that information.
3. Evaluate the information and its sources critically.
4. Acknowledge and document the sources needed.
Information literacy instruction takes place in conjunction with your coursework throughout your time at Castleton. An introduction to library services and resources is a required part of the First Year Seminar. Additionally, students in English Composition and Effective Speaking classes are often encouraged to use library services and resources in order to become more proficient in their use of scholarly materials. Lastly, as you progress through your major, your professors may incorporate library sessions to help you work with specialized databases and resources.
The Information Literacy Graduation Standard applies to all Associate's and Bachelor's degree students who have entered Castleton since the fall of 2005.
The final step in meeting the Information Literacy Graduation Standard at Castleton involves passing an online test.
TILT: Information Literacy Tutorial, from the Vermont State Colleges, provides a basic overview.
Test preparation sessions by library staff will also be offered each semester prior to the test dates.
Fall 2016 Test Prep Sessions
|Wednesday, Sept. 7||3-3:50 pm||Library Computer Lab Area|
|Thursday, Sept. 15||3:30-4:20 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Wednesday, Sept. 21||3-3:50 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Thursday, Oct. 13||3:30-4:20 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Thursday, Oct. 20||1-1:50 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Tuesday, Oct. 25||1-1:50 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Tuesday, Nov. 1||1-1:50 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Tuesday, Nov. 8||1-1:50 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Thursday, Nov. 17||3:30-4:20 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Thursday, Dec. 1||1-1:50 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
|Tuesday, Dec. 6||1-1:50 pm||Library Media Center Viewing Room|
Testing sessions will be scheduled each semester and will be widely announced. You need to register for a specific test session through Castleton's online course registration system.
Yes, the test is an online test and will be taken in a computer lab. You need to bring your Castleton photo ID to the testing session. Proctors will administer the test and scores will be reported to the Registrar.
Yes, the test session is one hour in length. If you require a test-taking accommodation please contact the Associate Academic Deans’ Office ((802) 468-1244) when you register to take the test.
When you finish the test, you will see your score. A score of 60% or above is a passing score. Your score will be reported to the Registrar and recorded in your file.
The Information Literacy Online Tutorial covers the kinds of knowledge and skills that will be tested. You can also contact Meredith Fletcher, Coordinator of Placement & Graduation Standards, at (802) 468-1244.