Purpose of Dual Credit Course Assessments
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 syllabi, 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 Agreements are assessed by the end of the second year noted on the agreement.
Course Assessment Process
Prior to the course assessment:
- Print off the PCC Dual Credit Course Assessment Form to complete during Assessment
- High School Faculty submit 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 Dual Credit course reflects the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the college and sponsoring academic departments?
After the course assessment the PCC Faculty Liaison will:
- Complete (in detail) the PCC Dual Credit Assessment Form, providing the High School Dual Credit Faculty with constructive feedback regarding any improvements that may be needed.
- Sign the assessment form on the line provided and obtain the High School Dual Credit Faculty's signature on the line provided. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
- Provide the High School Dual Credit Faculty with a copy of the signed assessment form.
- Send the completed Course Assessment form to the PCC Dual Credit office at RC 3/226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the PCC bi-weekly time and mileage sheet; send to the Dual Credit office at RC 3/226 or email@example.com.
PCC faculty will be reimbursed for no more than 3 hours at the faculty Special Projects Rate for each course assessed; faculty will be paid for their mileage to assessment sites, but will not be paid for the travel time to the assessment site.