Learning Assessment: Resources

Contact: Wayne Hooke | 971-722-4779 | whooke@pcc.edu; Michele Marden | 971-722-4786 | michele.marden@pcc.edu

General Assessment Resources

Upcoming Conferences

Professional Development Opportunities




LAC Core Outcome Assessment Class for PCC faculty

[Next offering will likely be during the 2014-2015 school year at Cascade.]

Contact Michele Marden (michele.marden@pcc.edu; x4786) for information.

This class is ideal for anyone involved in program/discipline assessment through their SAC or for those who want to explore the heart of the biggest mystery in higher ed today. It is intended for PCC full-time and adjunct faculty members.

Here are a few of the topics:

  1. How does grading in my class differ from assessing at the program/discipline level? 
  2. What are the pressures on higher education that are driving changes in accreditation regarding assessment and accountability? How are PCC and other institutions responding? What is happening internationally?
  3. What does a quality assessment process at the program/discipline-level look like at PCC (i.e., sample size, norming, direct/indirect, full-time and part-time faculty participation, signature assignments, exam, portfolio, rubrics, checklists, trending, LDC and CTE concerns, etc.)?
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Courses from PCC's Center for Careers in Education

The Center for Careers in Education offers a series of courses on a variety of topics to help instructors increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The courses present and model research-based ideas and strategies and allow time for participants to share practices and applications with colleagues.  They are free of charge to all PCC instructors. 

Spring Term: Critical Theory: Pedagogy of Inclusion, Equity, and Empowerment

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall 112
Instructors: Amara Perez and Gabe Hunter-Bernstein
Length: 1-day (6-hour) class
Credit info: 0.6 CEU credits
Course Number: CEU 3434


  • Apply critical theory as a framework for inclusion, equity, and empowerment in course/program design and/or revision, classroom climate strategies, and instructional activities
  • Use the principles of critical theory to advocate for ongoing improvement of instruction

To Register: Email Gabe Hunter-Bernstein: ghunterb@pcc.edu. Include in your email the class name and your G#.

Special Notice:

The encore presentation of "Designing Effective Assessments: Do They Really Know It? Can They Really Do It?" scheduled May 10 has been cancelled due to low enrollment. Please direct any questions regarding this cancellation to Gabe Hunter-Bernstein at ghunterb@pcc.edu.

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Professional Learning Communities (previously Critical Friends Groups)

A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an ongoing systematic faculty- led process to support faculty in their collaborative quest for further understanding about how to improve their professional practice and student learning. PLCs at PCC are faculty driven and their focus is based upon members' interests and questions.  Each PLC has one or more trained facilitators to move the conversation and to support deep reflection.

PLC facilitators at PCC were trained in one of the most successful models for collaboration and professional dialog, Critical Friends, in 2011.

There are one or more facilitators and ongoing PLCs at each campus and the SE Campus. For more information or to request to join a group, contact Sally Earll (sally.earll@pcc.edu, 971.722.7812) or contact a campus Teaching/Learning Center (TLC) coordinator.

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Center for Civic Participation (CCP at PCC)

Are you tired of divisive debates that just perpetuate the lines between us and them? Want a respectful and productive conversation about important issues?

Participate in CCP

CCP is based on the National Issues Forum, a group that has been working for a long time to increase the quality of conversations about public issues. In order to have wise decisions, we can't just sound off, argue over solutions, or impose our values. We have to struggle with the hard choices every issue entails and consider the pros and cons of each option. That is deliberation in a nut shell. Deliberation is not debate.

A group of PCC faculty and staff has been trained in the forum process, and will be inviting members of the PCC community to engage in conversations relating to education and local concerns.

For information, contact one of the following:

  • Neal Naigus (naigus@pcc.edu)
  • Shirlee Geiger (sgeiger@pcc.edu)
  • John Farnum (jfarnum@pcc.edu)

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Learning Assessment Grants


2012-2013 Grant Assessment Winners

          • Adult Basic Education (Michael Hunter-Bernstein)
          • Comp/Lit (Lutgarda Cowan, Elizabeth Smith)
          • Dental Hygiene (Nancy Pilgrim, Cara Kao- Young, Sandie Curren)
          • Developmental Education (Beth Kaufka)
          • Geology and General Science (Melinda Hutson)
          • SPARC Subcommittee (Michael Meagher, Alissa Leavitt, Erin Stanforth)
          • History Tuning Project (Robert Flynn)

2011-2012 Grant Assessment Winners

  • ART (Elizabeth Bilyeu)
  • BA (Usha Ramanujam)
  • CG (Sonya Bedient)
  • CHLA (Doris Werkman)
  • DE   (Leslie Boyd)
  • GRN (Jan Abushakrah)
  • LIB  (Torie Scott)
  • MTH  (Carly Vollet)
  • NRS  (Priscilla Loanzon)
  • NRS  (Doris Rink)
  • SOC  (Jordan Durbin)

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