Planning, Research and Assessment

The responsibilities of the office include:

  • Responding to mandated reporting needs — Meeting the requirements of IPEDS (Federal Government), CT’s Board of Regents for Higher Education, and publishers is a critical part of the PR&A function.
  • Providing information to faculty, staff, and the college community as needed — Support research interests of faculty, staff and administration; meet Fall term reporting needs; complete and post an annual fact book; provide faculty and staff with rosters, lists, labels, rates and other requested information.
  • Providing leadership for assessment activities — Support faculty and staff as we assess student learning. Contribute to improved efficiency and effectiveness for program and discipline reviews by providing standard tables, custom research, outcomes assessment consulting, and other assistance as needed.
  • Providing leadership and support for strategic planning — Provide support for the campus community as we develop a new process for strategic planning that is inclusive and transparent, will help us achieve strategic alignment, and is reflective of the interests of the campus community. 

Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment should be simple and useful for the faculty and staff.

“Assessment is the systematic collection and analysis of information to improve student learning.” Meaningful assessment contributes to a culture of inquiry, evidence, continuous improvement, and learning centeredness. Assessment should be useful, ongoing, and straightforward.

Assessment is a tool that is capable of providing rich information about instruction, student engagement, student mastery, and preparation for further study and is tied to our strategic commitment to integrative learning and holistic student development.

Assessment of student learning is the best tool for us to examine academic rigor within and across the curriculum; and can help us enhance the quality of learning, teaching and student support at the college. It can contribute to a better and shared understanding of our students’ knowledge transfer.

Faculty must be the primary decision-makers regarding student learning and instruction, and thereby the primary decision-makers about what we assess and how we measure it. The college is committed to providing adequate support to assist faculty in this endeavor. Assessment is about student learning and involves a focus shift from how will I teach this to how will students learn this.

Fact Book — An Overview of MCC Facts and Statistics

View or download the 2013–2014 Fact Book.

Strategic Plan

Over the past year MCC faculty and staff have been engaged in a process to create our next strategic plan. We followed a model called “Collaborative Strategic Planning in Higher Education.” The plan was built on the foundation of the work done for our NEASC self-study, Educational and Facilities Master Plan, and our 2012-2015 Enrollment Management Plan. Action plans will be developed by departments and divisions and will guide where we invest our resources over the next several years. The outline of the resulting planning goals is available at the link below.

» 2014–2019 Strategic Plan

Vision Conference Materials

Download the 2013 MCC Vision Conference Concept Papers and read the results of the feedback survey.

» Download Concept Papers

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Contact Information

David Nielsen
Director of Planning, Research and Assessment
Manchester Community College
PO Box 1046, MS#1
Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Last Update: May 30 2014
For additional information, contact: David Nielsen