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GCC Academic Catalog

The Maricopa Community Colleges reserve the right to change, without notice, any materials, information, curriculum, requirements, and regulations published in this catalog.

Official 2017-2018 Catalog (.pdf)
Released August 9, 2017.

GCC 2017-18 Academic Catalog









Assessment of Student Learning at GCC

GCC is committed to hearing the voices of our students and wants to ensure that these voices represent the learning and engagement of students on campus. By contributing to assessments, students benefit from improved instruction and programs. On occasion, students may be asked to complete nationally recognized assessment instruments and should take their participation in these activities seriously. There is no cost to students to participate in any nationally recognized assessment. Any information obtained from these instruments will be used solely in determining the effectiveness of programs and student learning in ways that do not reflect personally on individual students.

Are students learning what we want them to learn in our courses, programs, and throughout their education at GCC? Our process of assessment addresses that question. Through a comprehensive assessment program of student learning, our goal is to increase student retention, persistence, and completion at Glendale Community College. We seek to accomplish these goals by using an integrated, iterative, and effective process of course-, program-, and institution-level assessment of student learning to Apply Sustainable Solutions to Empower Student Success (ASSESS).

Assessment of student learning occurs at three levels at GCC - course, program, and institutional - with each following on a three-year cycle. At the course level, student learning is assessed by individual and/or collaborating groups of faculty within an academic department with the goal of improving student learning in a particular course.

Academic and Degree Programs, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Student and Administrative Services engage in a process of program review and assessment. Students can find the program goals/competencies for all certificate and degree programs on our Degrees & Certifications web page.

The assessment of institutional learning outcomes with common rubrics is a recent change to our prior methods of assessment. A representative sample of students will be identified and faculty and co-curricular advisors will assess student learning in their courses and activities using these common rubrics. The data will be analyzed to identify student strengths and areas of improvement with regard to our institutional learning outcomes.

GCC adopted new institutional learning outcomes in the fall of 2017. We recognize that the knowledge represented in our institutional learning outcomes develops through intentional, guided, and iterative experiences across disciplines and programs throughout students’ time in college, from the first semester to the last. We also recognize that technological literacy, rather than being separate from these outcomes is embedded within each one and as such, will be assessed as it relates to each of the seven institutional outcomes. Our institutional learning outcomes are as follows:

By the end of their college experience, students at Glendale will have demonstrated

  • effective communication skills (oral, written, visual).
  • critical and creative thinking skills.
  • quantitative reasoning and analysis.
  • personal and civic responsibility.
  • awareness and appreciation of diversity.
  • information literacy.
  • clarification of career goals and the knowledge and skills needed for success in the workplace.

Full descriptions of the GCC institutional learning outcomes, currently approved rubrics, and assessment cycles can be found on our website by searching “assessment”.

As GCC continues our assessment journey, we will use the knowledge gained about student learning to make changes to improve student success. Findings from our assessment activities will be posted on our assessment website.

Catalog Under Which a Student Graduates

Students maintaining continuous enrollment at any public Arizona community college or university may graduate according to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment or according to the requirements of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment. Students may maintain continuous enrollment whether attending a single public community college or university in Arizona or transferring among public institutions in Arizona while pursuing their degrees.

Choose your catalog year by enrollment semester. Please note the following:

  1. A semester in which a student earns course credit will be counted toward continuous enrollment. Non-credit courses, audited courses, failed courses, or courses from which the student withdraws do not count toward the determination of continuous enrollment for catalog purposes.
  2. Students who do not meet the minimum enrollment standard stipulated in No. 1 during three consecutive semesters (fall/spring) and the intervening summer term at any public Arizona community college or university are no longer considered continuously enrolled, and must meet requirements of the public Arizona community college or university catalog in effect at the time they are readmitted or of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment after readmission.
  3. Students admitted or readmitted to a public Arizona community college or university during a summer term must follow the requirements of the catalog in effect the following fall semester or of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment.
  4. Students transferring among Arizona public higher education institutions must meet the admission requirements, residency requirements, and all curricular and academic requirements of the degree-granting institution.