- American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) will be holding an assessment conference February 19-21, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. Note: PCC is an AACU member. Link to conference: General Education and Assessment Conference 2015
- Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education's (AALHE) 3-day conference occurs in Lexington, Kentucky, June 1-3, 2015. Learn more at: http://aalhe.org/.
- Additional assessment conferences are found at this link: http://www.assessmentconferences.com/
Professional Development Opportunities
- LAC Core Outcome Assessment Class (for PCC Faculty)
- Courses from PCC's Center for Careers in Education
- Professional Learning Communities (previously Critical Friends Groups)
- Center for Civic Participation (CCP at PCC)
- Assessment Listserve: Subscribe to ASSESS at http://www.coe.uky.edu/lists/helists.php
- Learning Assessment Blog
- Library Resources
- Assessment Resources and Rubrics
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Resources and Rubrics
Contact LAC Chair Wayne Hooke (firstname.lastname@example.org; 971.722.4779) for information.
Fall Term 2015
- Sylvania Campus, room TBA
- Fridays, beginning October 2, and running through the term
- 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- CEUs: 2.0 (continuing education units) and SC (Success Completion) transcript notation if expectations are met
Link to course sign up: Register
Interested faculty will be manually registered and contacted with confirmation of registration shortly after fall quarter begins. Registration is first-come, first-served. Early registration is encouraged, but sign-ups will be accepted until September 18 as space allows.
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:
- How does grading in my class differ from assessing at the program/discipline level?
- 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?
- 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.)?
Expectations of participants:
- Attendance at all or most of the classes
- Presentation of an assessment activity at the end of the course that could be used in your SAC, or in your class, that addresses one or more of the core outcomes
- (Optional): Directed readings outside of class--one to two hours per week. Most readings will be from Rick Stiggins' book Productive Classroom Assessment in College Courses. This book may be purchased by participants (approximately $16 for paperback or $8 for Kindle download) or a copy may be borrowed for the duration of the quarter.
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 (email@example.com, 971.722.7812) or contact a campus Teaching/Learning Center (TLC) coordinator.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shirlee Geiger (email@example.com)
- John Farnum (firstname.lastname@example.org)