Description: This Learning Assessment Landing page offers a brief introduction to learning assessment at PCC. Please note on the left that there are many child-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:
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. See the Learning Assessment Council page for member lists, dates and times of meetings, and agendas and minutes.
For information about PCC's assessment process and this year's reporting forms, see Templates and Process.
To view all submitted learning assessment reports for the last few years, see Assessment Reports Submitted. Navigate to the SAC you want using the alphabetical list in the left side-bar.
Curious as to how the Proposed Framework for General Education at PCC will impact assessment? Check out Chris Brooks' General Education Assessment Q&A.
The Oregon Department of Education is no longer requiring or supporting TSAs. Some SACs will choose to continue using skills assessments internally (eg., regular program-level accreditation processes) and/or integrating their TSAs with the routine PCC annual Learning Assessment processes. Other SACs will choose to discontinue using TSAs and will complete the annual learning assessment report without using TSAs. Support from Learning Assessment Council colleagues is available if SACs would like guidance while developing meaningful assessments that support continuous improvement.
Deans and chairs are encouraged to examine the Perkins PCC Traffic Light Report (Oregon Postsecondary Performance Measures). Furthermore, in future years we have been told to look forward to the HECC providing community colleges a more detailed report (i.e., traffic lights reports that include a program-level success analysis, in addition to the existing all-college traffic light success analysis).