Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Purpose of Course Assessments

Oregon developed the Dual Credit Standards to assure the quality of, and consistency between instruction of Dual Credit offerings at colleges and universities throughout the state. The PCC Dual Credit program received approval in 2011. Part of that approval is dependent on ongoing, regular assessment of courses. The assessment section, A2, of the Oregon Dual Credit Standards states, The college or university ensures that Dual Credit Program students are held to comparable grading standards as those expected of students in on-campus sections.”

High school and PCC faculty involvement in this process is not only necessary, it assures quality of Dual Credit programs and develops collegial relationships. It is expected that high school faculty will provide to the faculty liaison the times/days the course is offered and then be available during those times. 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 on-campus course.

Assessments include:

  • High school site visit with classroom observation
  • Syllabus and materials review (please see Dual Credit Course Assessment Form)
  • Review of graded student work to ensure that college expectations are met by students who successfully complete the course.
  • Workshops may be offered when the PCC faculty liaison considers them relevant and valid

Courses that are approved through a PCC Dual Credit 1-Year Initial Articulation Agreement must be assessed during that academic year. Courses approved with a PCC Dual Credit 3-Year Renewal Articulation Agreement are assessed at least once during the three years noted on the agreement. Course assessment may be conducted more frequently if the PCC Division Dean deems this appropriate.

Course Assessment Process

Prior to the course assessment:

  • High School Faculty submits updated PCC syllabus and schedule of learning activities to the PCC Dual Credit office by September 1st.
  • High school faculty and PCC Faculty Liaison work to determine a convenient time to complete the course assessment.
  • PCC Dual Credit Coordinator will notify PCC Faculty Liaisons and Division Deans with a list of the assessments needed, by term.
  • PCC Faculty Liaison will obtain the high school’s calendar/bell schedule.

Dual Credit courses are assessed on the following:

  • How well does High School Dual Credit course align with PCC’s Course Content and Outcomes Guide?
  • Does the High School Dual Credit course reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of PCC and sponsoring academic departments?
  • Assessments are a requirement, and are in compliance with the Oregon Dual Credit Standards.

The PCC Faculty Liaison will:

  • Complete in detail the PCC Dual Credit Assessment Form.
  • Provide the High School Dual Credit Faculty with constructive feedback regarding any improvements that may be needed.
  • Sign the assessment form on the line provided.
  • Obtain the High School Dual Credit Faculty's signature on the line provided. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  • Submit the assessment form to the PCC Dual Credit office.
  • Provide the High School Dual Credit Faculty with a copy of the signed assessment form.

In the case where it's determined that the course is not substantially the same as the on-campus course and is not recommended for further articulation, then additional collaboration with the high school faculty, PCC Dual Credit Coordinator and PCC Faculty Liaison will be required until the course is assessed as meeting the same standards as the on-campus course.