What are Our Assessment Activities?

PPCC views assessment as a five-step continuous cycle. Our goal for assessment is action – to produce results that can lead us to improve teaching and learning. At the end of our cycle, we review our processes and approaches, and begin again.

Assessment Activities Cycle List

  • Establish Learning Order
  • Provide Learning Opportunities
  • Assess Student Learning
  • Analyze Results
  • Use Results for Improvement

Our assessment activities help us meet our college vision and mission for providing high quality, educational opportunities, with a focus on student success. Our actions cross disciplines to affect students in career and technical fields and two-year transfer educational programs.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, PPCC is focusing on the following projects for assessment in general education.

  1. Analyzing data from the reassessment of students' critical thinking, specifically their abilities to use inductive and deductive reasoning.
  2. Implementing actions to address the findings of our Community Skills and Information Literacy assessments and to strengthen student learning in identified areas.
  3. Reassessing students' listening, math, speaking, and writing skills.

Information about additional assessment activities are outlined in our Summary of Assessment Activities.

Individual departments are also assessing student learning. Their separate reports are available by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Instructional Services at (719) 502-3100.

Cycle adapted from: Suskie, L. (2004). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company, Inc.