Learning assessment is a crucial piece of what PCC submits to its accrediting agency, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). In order to remain in compliance with accreditation standards, we must:
- be engaged in learning assessment in some creative way
- be able to show we are using what we learn to make adjustments and improvements
Beyond these important requirements, however, is the institutional desire to demonstrate our students are in fact learning what we say they are learning, and to make improvements where we find improvements need to be made. These two motives can be synergistic rather than mutually exclusive.