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CCAC Assessment:  

assessment of student learning

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The Community College of Allegheny County is committed to our assessment of student learning, and recognizes its importance to our students, faculty, the College community, external accreditors and our stakeholders. By systematically and continuously seeking ways to improve student learning, CCAC ensures that areas such as student success, curriculum development and delivery, budgeting and strategic planning are aligned with the goals of the College and provide evidence-based guidance to decision-making. Assessment of student learning is the bridge between teaching and learning. Therefore, at CCAC, our culture of assessment of student learning provides the foundational basis for what we do across the College and why.

There’s information on the theory of assessment, a how-to practical section for classroom- and program-level assessment, links to external expertise, as well as all forms required for CCAC compliance with assessment procedures.

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classroom assessment

This section describes aspects of good classroom assessment practices and techniques. In addition, help is provided for writing good course learning outcomes that are specific and measurable, allowing students and faculty to easily understand what they should know and be able to do as they progress through a course.

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program assessment

The program review process is a 4 year cycle, and the assessment team is proposing a new way of reporting the progress of a program or discipline. Annual assessments will be only part of the process, which focuses on three aspects: quality, demand, and needs of the program or discipline.

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integrated assessment

The goal of the integrated assessment system is to collect authentic classroom data to improve student learning. This system is flexible and provides variety for faculty members.

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assessment 101

Confused about where to start? Assessment is a process of continuous improvement and reflection, collaboration with our fellow faculty members, and supported by our administrators. This page re-introduces common assessment concepts: direct and indirect assessment, formative and summative assessment, use of rubrics, and assessment vocabulary used by the College. Additionally, links to national experts and resources can be found here.

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PowerBI is a fantastic tool for exploring data to find new insights.  Most reports linked here have multiple pages, available by clicking at the bottom the report.  If disaggregation is available, you can click to select different options, such as to see how numbers change by gender or Pell status.

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help, forms & funding

Looking for a familiar face to answer questions you may have about the new assessment processes and procedures? Members of the Assessment Team are available to assist you with questions or concerns. Find quick links to all of the needed forms for classroom and program assessment and faculty funding resources.