Assessment occurs on an ongoing basis at PPCC. Embedded in classroom experiences and other learning settings, course, program, and general education outcomes are measured through a variety of assignments. Data gathered through purposeful assessment activities are then used to improve curriculum and programming. Results are also used in departmental and institutional strategic planning, resource allocation, and other programmatic improvement efforts.
PPCC Assessment Management and Process
At PPCC, faculty-driven outcomes assessment activities are coordinated by PPCC’s Assessment Committee. PPCC Assessment Coaches provide direct hands-on support and leadership for the continually evolving and developing assessment practices. The Committee and Coaches meet weekly during the academic year to review plans and reports submitted by individual academic departments on a scheduled basis. To learn more about PPCC Academic Assessment, please visit the Assessment Resource Room.
The Assessment Committee
The assessment of student learning at Pikes Peak Community College is an ongoing, evolving process that involves the entire college community. The PPCC Assessment Committee oversees the development of assessment plans and the annual reporting process. The Assessment Committee thus ensures that the evidence gathered through the assessment process is used to improve teaching, learning, and the overall quality of student services and academic departments, thereby enabling the College to better meet the needs of students and the community it serves. The assessment process, with its focus on student learning and success, reflects the vision and values of Pikes Peak Community College as stated in the Strategic Plan and in alignment with requirements articulated by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.
Mission Statement: Pikes Peak Community College is committed to learning outcomes assessment for the purpose of understanding, confirming, and improving student learning and educational quality. The mission of the Assessment Committee it to facilitate and support the development and implementation of meaningful, data-driven, and interconnected assessment processes across the four academic divisions of the college.
Reporting and Evaluation: The Assessment Committee operates within the Division of Instructional Services and provides regular updates on the results of its activities at scheduled EDSEL and Division meetings (progress will also be shared, as appropriate, with the broader college community).
Membership and Members’ Primary Role: Committee membership includes a minimum of two faculty liaisons from each academic division (eight total), at least one Associate Dean from each division, and the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Committee members’ primary role is to create an environment in which all faculty are engaged in the design and deployment of “assessment processes that are workable, reasonable, meaningful, and useful in confirming and improving student learning and in assuring and advancing broader educational and organizational quality” (Higher Learning Commission, position statement on Student Learning, Assessment, and Accreditation, 2007).
- Assist faculty in the design and continuous improvement of outcome-based assessment strategies
- Provide guidance in the analysis, interpretation, and use of assessment results
- Ensure assessment documents (e.g. plans, reports, rubrics) adhere to best practice guidelines
- Maintain ongoing communication with academic departments in order to ensure exchange of ideas, alignment of processes, sharing of information, and dissemination of best practices
- Regularly review the status and effectiveness of assessment practices and make recommendations for improvement
- Remain current with assessment-related topics and share knowledge with appropriate audiences
- Regularly update assessment resources (e.g. handbook, training materials, templates) and information posted on the PPCC portal and website
- In collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), provide professional development opportunities to faculty in order to increase awareness and understanding of effective assessment practices and encourage cross-departmental collaboration
- Address challenges impeding the college’s ability to deploy effective assessment practices
- If needed, recommend changes to internal procedures in order to ensure the continued growth and development of assessment activities at PPCC
- Ensure that appropriate action is taken to follow-up on recommendations and/or opportunities for improvement identified as a result of accreditation and internal review activities
- Prepare and make available to the public an annual Assessment Report
- Prepare and recommend a budget allowing the Committee to fulfill its objectives