• “An unexpected benefit of engaging in the assessment process is that the concrete activity gave us a stronger sense of community. We had many related conversations about the program, our students, teaching practices, etc., in ways that I have not experienced in the past... ”
    Craig Strimel, Communications/Mass Media
  • “By creating the standard rubric, it gave me confidence that we are grading students fairly, and they are learning what they need to in order to be successful.”
    Linda Hibbs, Paralegal Studies
  • “The College’s Early Alert System ... enables the Office of Student Success Initiatives greater opportunity to address defined learning outcomes related to student support.”

    Samuel Hirsch, Student Affairs

  • &lrdquo;My students are my true clients and my resource for feedback on what works and what does not work in teaching and learning…”
    Francie Woodford, ESL and Developmental English
  • “I was able to create templates for assessment ... This has helped our assessment of courses by having instructors reporting their courses in exactly the same manner, which allows us to see trends in student performance semester to semester.”
    Craig Strimel, Communications/Mass Media

Office of Assessment and Evaluation

What does the Office of Assessment and Evaluation do?

The Office of Assessment and Evaluation oversees several assessment functions at the College. We provide support for Student Learning Assessment at the Course, Program, and Institutional levels. We manage the Program Audit process for academic departments and curricula, the assessment of General Education and Core Competencies, and oversight of the College’s Institutional Review Board.

Why assess?

This question brings to mind an old Tiger cartoon by Bud Blake in which a young boy remarks that he has taught his dog to whistle. Upon being questioned, he then clarifies, and states, “I said I taught him. I didn’t say he learned it.”

The assessment process focuses on learning. Assessment provides faculty members with essential feedback on student learning, enabling faculty members to strategically improve the quality of the teaching and learning process.

What is assessment?

Assessment answers two basic questions: What are our students learning, and how do we know? (Angelo and Cross, Classroom Assessment Techniques, 1993)

Assessment requires faculty members to identify objectives for each course and program and carefully map those objectives to both the College Mission and the provided learning opportunities. Faculty members determine the extent to which the objectives are met through an iterative process of collecting, evaluating and using direct evidence of student learning. These results enable faculty to make well-informed changes in order to improve outcomes.


Institutions of higher education are held accountable to make improvements based upon assessment findings by their accreditors. Community College of Philadelphia is accredited regionally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Christine McDonnell
Coordinator of Assessment
Phone: 215-496-6156

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Room M2-36
Philadelphia, PA 19130