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, “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.”

Courses that are articulated through a 1-Year Initial PCC Dual Credit Articulation Agreement must be assessed during that academic year in order for the agreement to be renewed for a 3-year term. Courses articulated through a 3-Year Renewal PCC Dual Credit 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.

High School and PCC faculty involvement in this process is not only necessary, it assures that the course offered at the high school meets or exceeds the rigor, pedagogy, and outcomes of the course offered on the college campus, and develops collegial relationships. 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.

Course Assessment Process


  • Submit your updated PCC syllabus and schedule of learning activities to the PCC Dual Credit office by October 1st
  • Work with your assigned PCC Faculty member to determine a convenient time to complete the course assessment
  • Set appointment with your PCC Faculty member to schedule a site visit

At The Time Of

The Dual Credit course will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • How well does high school Dual Credit course align with PCC’s CCOG?
  • Does the course use required PCC software and equivalent textbooks (if applicable)?
  • Do the number of contact and lecture/lab hours meet or exceed the CCOGs?
  • Does the Dual Credit course reflect the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the college and sponsoring academic departments?


The PCC Faculty member will:

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

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.