Course Assessments

Willow Creek Center, Room 301 | Email: dualcredit@pcc.edu | Phone: 971-722-7737 | Fax: 971-722-7805

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 promises 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 through a 1-Year Initial PCC Dual Credit Articulation Agreement must be assessed during that academic year. A 3-Year Renewal PCC Dual Credit Articulation Agreement is assessed at least once during the three years noted on the agreement.

Course Assessment Process

Before

  • Submit your updated PCC syllabus and schedule of learning activities to the PCC Dual Credit office by Oct. 1st
  • Work with your PCC Faculty Liaison to determine a convenient time to complete the course assessment
  • Provide Liaison your high school calendar/bell schedule

At the time of

Your Dual Credit course will be assessed on the following:

  • How well does high school Dual Credit course align with PCC’s CCOG?
  • Does the Dual Credit course reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the college and sponsoring academic departments?
  • See Assessment Form for further details

After

PCC Faculty liaison will:

  • Write up their assessment and recommendations
  • Provide you feedback for the areas that need improvement if any
  • Ask you to comment and sign the assessment form
  • Submit course assessment form to the PCC Dual Credit office