Assessment at MCC

Detailed in the Academic Master Plan, Institutional Effectivness is an educational priority at Mesa Community College (MCC). At MCC, we are committed to fostering a culture of continued improvement, which includes integrated planning and the evaluation of all programs and services. MCC will use the identification and measurement of learning and instructional programs and the use of data and assessment to make informed improvement to our institution.

What is Assessment?

Assessment involves four steps that occur iteratively: (1) Plan. Select the student learning outcome and design the assessment. (2) Do. Provide instructional opportunities and assess learning. (3) Check. Analyze the data and design an intervention to improve learning. (4) Act. Implement the intervention and reassess learning. In every step of the process, reflection and sharing are critical to success.

Assessment Cycle: Plan, Do, Check, Act

In addition to classroom practice, academic and co-curricular programs at MCC utilize the Plan-Do-Check-Act assessment cycle.


  • MCC's Academic Master Plan
  • Figure adapted from: Suskie, L. A., & ProQuest Ebooks. (2018). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide. (Third ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass,a Wiley Brand.