Brief Guide to the “Big Picture” of Assessment at PCC

About Assessment

Assessment of Student Learning is a comprehensive initiative to evaluate student learning across the college with respect to particular goals and outcomes that we value and desire for our students, with the ultimate aim of strengthening our programs by offering students plentiful and varied opportunities to develop, reinforce, and master those competencies throughout their studies at PCC.

Successful and meaningful Assessment of Student Learning is collaborative and faculty-driven, requiring the participation of all who are interested in the quality of the educational experience we offer at Pueblo Community College, including students, faculty, administrators, and community partners.

About PCC

See the Pueblo Community College website for more 2016 PCC Fast Facts as well as PCC’s Mission, Vision, & Core Values, the PCC Promise, and our Destination 2022 Strategic Plan.

  • Location: Southern Colorado
  • Campuses: 4 unique and separate locations in both urban and rural areas
    • Pueblo (urban)
    • Fremont/Canyon City (rural)
    • Southwest Colorado Community College (SCCC): Durango and Mancos (rural)
  • Faculty: ~100 Full-Time, 348 Part-Time
  • One of 13 Colleges in the Colorado Community College System
  • Accreditation: AQIP School under the
  • Student Population
    • ~7,500 students per year
    • 57% first-generation
    • 69% part-time
    • 38% minority status
    • 45% over 25
  • Programs
    • Many CTE programs
    • Guaranteed Transfer Pathways
    • Concurrent Enrollment
    • About Assessment
    • Workforce Development

Assessment Leadership

The Assessment of Student Learning Committee is tasked with designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating processes for assessing student academic achievement for both part-time instructors and full-time faculty across our 4 campuses and 3 instructional divisions in order to foster a culture of assessment focused on continuous improvement of student learning.

  • Committee Chair: Brad Bowers, History Faculty
  • Assessment Coordinator: Liz Medendorp, English Faculty
  • Division Leads
    • Health & Public Safety: Lynne Ross, Director of the Human Anatomy Learning Center, and Bonnie Housh, Pharmacy and Phlebotomy Coordinator
    • Arts & Science: Kari Lee, English Faculty
    • Business & Technology: John Jakeman, Culinary Arts Faculty

See the ASL Committee’s Operating Protocols for more information about our scope of purpose, the composition of our membership, and the division of responsibilities.

PCC’S Assessment Journey

We were invited to present at the 2017 Higher Learning Commission National Conference in order to share our journey of building a sustainable framework for the Assessment of Student Learning. Here’s a brief overview of our story so far:


Click here to see the full presentation with examples from our work over the past year!