The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
The Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) featured on this site
are simple tools for assessing students' critical thinking skills
in any discipline. Student responses on the CCSSE survey
revealed that CCAC students are less likely than
their peers to report that their experience contributed to their
ability to think critically and analytically.
Classroom assessment is useful for two reasons. First, it
gives the instructor the opportunity to reinforce the material
taught in class. Second, it helps uncover gaps in learning
early enough to address problems before students are tested.
Please consider adding one or more of these CATs to your repertoire
of useful techniques.
Assessing Skill in Analysis and Critical
Thinking (PDF)Assessing Skill in Synthesis and Creative
Thinking (PDF)Assessing Skill in Problem
Solving (PDF)Assessing Skill in Application and
Ground Rules for conducting classroom assessment:
Source: Classroom Assessment Techniques, Angelo and Cross (1993)
available in CCAC libraries. This book provides step by step
instructions, examples, and ideas for adapting techniques.