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This study examined faculty views and perceptions of the library and information science (LIS) programs of the six member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in enhancing academic quality using formal assessment. Two focus groups were held in Kuwait and Muscat. In each focus group, nine participants discussed opportunities, practices, possibilities, and mechanics of assessment and assessment-based systems. It was found that these schools were active in assessment, as CILIP conducted extensive assessment in two programs, resulting in accreditation. Faculty members who participated in the focus groups agreed on the value and need of formal assessment. The participants discussed possible forums for assessment and the systems or mechanics it might entail such as accreditation. They had divergent viewpoints about the agency, structure, and enforcement of assessment. The participants agreed on the need for further deliberations on the issue.