Purpose of the Assessment
Oregon developed the Dual Credit Standards to assure the quality of Dual Credit, and consistency between instruction of Dual Credit offerings at community colleges throughout the state. The Dual Credit program at Portland Community College (PCC) received approval in 2011. Part of that approval is dependent on ongoing, regular assessment of programs. The assessment section, A2, of the Oregon Dual Credit Standards states, “Every section of a (previously approved) course offered through dual credit is regularly reviewed by faculty from that discipline and Dual Credit staff to assure that grading standards meet or exceed those in on-campus sections.”
High School and PCC faculty involvement in this process is not only necessary, but also helps assure quality of Dual Credit programs, and develops collegial relationships. Assessments can vary from evaluation of posted syllabi on the PCC Dual Credit Wiki Space, to classroom site visits, workshops or other ideas that faculty consider relevant and valid. The course assessment component of Dual Credit pledges that the course offered at the high school meets or exceeds the rigor, pedagogy, and outcomes of the course offered on the college campus.
Courses that are approved through a 1-Year Initial PCC Dual Credit Articulation Agreement must be assessed during that academic year. 3-Year Renewal PCC Dual Credit Articulation Agreement are assessed at least once during the three years noted on the agreement.
- Decide if one or more PCC faculty will be conducting the course assessments. Contact the PCC Dual Credit office at 971-722-7737 with names of who will be conducting the assessments.
- Review your Dual Credit Course Assessment Schedule and note when each of the articulated courses are offered.
- Please make contact with the high school faculty of any courses offered in the current term and establish an assessment schedule that works for both you and the high school faculty member.
- Complete the Dual Credit Course Assessment Form and return to the PCC Dual Credit office at RC 5 116 or by email to email@example.com. Articulated courses must follow posted CCOGs, use the same or similar texts, and use college level instructions, assignments and assessments.
- Your time spent on assessments is compensated through the Dual Credit office. Please submit bi-weekly time sheets and mileage sheets to our office at RC 5 116 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. The reimbursement rate is the same as the curriculum development rate.
- Review our PCC Dual Credit Course Assessment Schedule and note when each of the courses are offered.
- Contact the Dual Credit high school instructor to schedule course assessment
- Access the PCC Dual Credit Wiki space to review syllabi, schedule of learning activities, rubrics, etc. prior to assessment
At the Time of Assessment
Assess on the following requirements:
- How well does the high school Dual Credit course align with PCC's CCOG?
- How well does the high school Dual Credit course reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the college and sponsoring academic departments?
- Write up your assessment, recommendations and have the Dual Credit instructor sign form
- Send the completed form to the PCC Dual Credit office at RC 5/116 and provide the high school Dual Credit instructor a copy
- Complete the Bi-Weekly Time and Mileage Sheet and send to the PCC Dual Credit office for manager approval and processing
Additional Ways to Collaborate
Observation and/or Conference
The Faculty Liaison observes the Dual Credit class period or meets with the high school instructor to discuss topics related to the course that may include but are not limited to the curriculum development, share ideas, answer questions, etc. This type of visit is not mandatory but may be useful for purposes of following up with the high school instructor after making suggestions for improvement. It is highly recommended that liaisons make at least one visit per year.
Presentations to Students
The Faculty Liaison presents to the students a curriculum-related topic or information about PCC. This is not required under regular liaison responsibilities, however, these types of visits can be powerful ways to promote your specific department or program at PCC.