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 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 Agreement are assessed at least once during the three years noted on the agreement.
Course Assessment Process
- Review your ‘Dual Credit Course Assessment Schedule’ provided by the PCC Dual Credit office
- Contact high school instructor to schedule course assessment
- Access the PCC Dual Credit Wiki Space to review syllabi, schedule of learning activities, rubrics, etc. prior to assessment
- Print off the PCC Dual Credit Course Assessment Form to complete during Assessment
At the time of
Assess on the following requirements:
- How well does high school Dual Credit course align with PCC’s CCOG?
- Does the Dual Credit course reflects the pedagogical, theoretical and philosophical orientation of the college and sponsoring academic departments?
- Write up your assessment, recommendations and have Dual Credit instructor sign form
- Send the completed Course Assessment form to the PCC Dual Credit office at RC 3/226
- Complete the bi-weekly time and mileage sheet; send to the Dual Credit office at RC 3/226
- PCC faculty will be reimbursed for no more than three 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.