Value Colleges ranks MCC Online in top 50

MESA, Arizona – May 24, 2016 -- Mesa Community College (MCC) ranked No. 12 in the Top 50 Best Value Online Community Colleges by Value Colleges.

According to Value Colleges over 1,700, two-year associate degree-granting community colleges were considered for the initial ranking. Schools were then filtered by public, nonprofit, over 10 online programs, over 2,000 students and under $10,000 annually for tuition costs (in-state residency).

The final ranking was calculated based on three metrics:

  1. Annual tuition  (reported from National Center for Education Statistics)
  2. Graduation rate (NCES)
  3. Online programs count (as indicated from college website)

Value Colleges stated, “These schools are recognized as excellent examples of online learning opportunity. We think affordability and reputation coupled with the expectation for future career success are most important. Just going to the nearest community college isn’t necessarily your only choice; community colleges offer different courses and programs, and most online programs are state-wide.”

“At MCC we take the quality and accessibility of our online programs very seriously. We strive for excellence and continuous improvement with cutting edge technology tools and engaged professors,” said Laura Ballard, MCC eLearning director. “Recent additions to our program include virtual proctoring, expanded online tutoring hours, online office hours/advising technologies, success and retention personnel, and an additional 19 states authorized to deliver our programs.”

Please visit to learn more about MCC's online course offerings and the three types of online learning options provided.

Learn more about Value Colleges online at

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Dawn Zimmer, 480-461-7892,
Sally Mesarosh, 480-461-7283, 

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for its service-learning, civic engagement and innovative educational programs, which include university transfer, career and technical, workforce development, and lifelong learning.  Host to nearly 40,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 195 degrees and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. MCC’s student body hails predominantly from the East Valley of Phoenix and includes Veteran, American Indian and International students who enrich the learning experience. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to compete locally and globally. MCC is one of 10 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. The District also includes the Maricopa Corporate College and two skill centers. For additional information, visit

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 800-621-7440.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016