Learning Assessment: Resources

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

General Assessment Resources

Upcoming Conferences

Professional Development Opportunities



  • Meeting of the minds

LAC Core Outcome Assessment Class for PCC faculty

Contact LAC Chair Wayne Hooke (whooke@pcc.edu; 971.722.4779) 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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LAC Chair and Faculty Member Collaborate

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 Rock Creek and Sylvania. Cascade and Southeast's PLCs are on hold temporarily while new facilitators are sought for these locations. 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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