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Description: This Learning Assessment Landing page offers a brief introduction to learning assessment at PCC. Please note on the left that there are many sub-pages that offer additional useful information.


Assessment of student learning is a crucial piece of what PCC submits to its accrediting agency, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) www.nwccu.org. To remain compliant with accreditation standards, we must:               

  • be engaged in learning assessment in some creative way         
  • be able to show  we are using what we learn to make  adjustments and improvements 

Beyond these important requirements, however, is the institutional desire to demonstrate our students are in fact learning what  we say they are learning, and to make improvements where we find improvements need to be made. These two motives can be synergistic rather than mutually exclusive.

The Learning Assessment Council (LAC) is a faculty body with administrative support that leads the assessment efforts at PCC.

For information about PCC's assessment process and this year's reporting forms, see Templates and Process.

Curious as to how the Proposed Framework for General Education at PCC will impact assessment? Check out Chris Brooks'

General Education Assessment Q&A.

**News and Announcements**

  • Learning Assessment at PCC online course modules are now live!
  • Assessment Survival Guide:
    • For a condensed version of Module 1 of the Learning Assessment course, take a peek at this Assessment Survival Guide. If you are already somewhat familiar with assessment and just need a few reminders, this might be the best resource.
  • Learning Assessment FAQ 2021-2022
    • Or try this document, developed by Sara Robertson and LAC Leadership in Fall 2021, for answers to many of your learning assessment questions
  • General Education Courses: Info for Fall 2021
    • This is a copy of an Email sent by Ann Cary on June 4, 2021 describing the General Education Assessment process for 2021-2022
  • Signature Assignment development information
    • This document, developed in June 2021, offers some guidance to the fundamentals of, and resources for, developing a signature assignment and a General Education course.
  • Why join the LAC?
    • This info sheet shares many of the reasons being a member of the LAC can enrich your own and your SAC's assessment experiences. Check it out and consider joining. Contact Sara Robertson, sara.robertson@pcc.edu, if you are interested.