Assessment supports the college’s commitment to student learning and is essential in evaluating the effectiveness of academic programs. All students graduating from PDCCC are required to take part in one or more assessment activities designed to demonstrate and measure student learning and achievement. Speciﬁc programs may have additional assessment tests or portfolio requirements. The completion of these activities is a requirement for graduation.
Degree-seeking students are required to participate in general education or core competency testing/assessments. Core competencies are the learning outcomes derived from PDCCC’s general education program and are the skills, knowledge, and abilities that all degree-seeking students are expected to acquire upon degree completion. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) deﬁnes its general education program as “… that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values characteristic of educated persons. It is unbounded by disciplines and honors the connections among bodies of knowledge. VCCS degree graduates will demonstrate competency in the following general education areas: communication, critical thinking, cultural and social understanding, information literacy, personal development, quantitative reasoning, and scientiﬁc reasoning.”
Students will be made aware and notified of all required assessments. The results of these assessments will not be recorded on the student’s academic record and assessment scores will not affect students’ graduation status.