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Assessment is the ongoing process of understanding, improving, documenting student learning, and quality of services. It is a cyclic process used to identify areas for improvement of student learning and services, and to facilitate and validate institutional effectiveness. In the Handbook of Accreditation, the Higher Learning Commission offers the following formal definition:

Assessment is the systematic collection, examination, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data about student learning and the use of that information to document and improve student learning.

Through our mission, vision, and core values, Stark State College emphasizes a culture of quality instruction and services in support of student success. The core values serve to emphasize our commitment to our students, to learning, to shared responsibility, and to the continuous improvement of the education that we offer.