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CCC Assessment Association Fall 2015 ConferenceA statewide conference of community college assessment professionals will focus on issues facing assessment centers, including an update on developments within the California Community Colleges (CCC) Common Assessment Initiative (CAI).


The California Community College Assessment Association (CCCAA) Fall conference will be held in Oakland on October 9, according to Kitty Moriwaki, President, CCCAA and Assessment & Prerequisite Coordinator, Office of Matriculation and Assessment, City College of San Francisco.

“CCCAA is an independent organization representing a cross-constituency of assessment directors and staff, student services administrators, basic skills faculty, researchers, IT specialists and other assessment practitioners working at the 113 California Community Colleges,” Moriwaki said. “We hope that those who are interested in assessment will come to the conference and learn more about CCC assessment issues and innovations.”

CCCAA President Kitty Moriwaki, City College of San FranciscoThe meeting will provide an update on the CAI, offer discussions on best practices and allow time for collaborating with college representatives from around the state.

“Many of our association members are participating on CAI and other Chancellor’s Office work groups,” said Moriwaki. “We can provide frank feedback from the field and discuss how the Common Assessment project will work pragmatically based on our membership’s wide range of experiences.”

The CCCAA Fall 2015 Statewide Conference registration fee is $75. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marriott Oakland City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607. For the registration form and more information, visit Hotel reservations are available through

Connect With Professionals

Eric Hoiland, Director of Assessment, Regional Testing Center, Butte/Glenn Community College and Vice-President, CCC Assessment Association, is looking forward to connecting with other professionals from across the state at the October conference.

“The CCCAA conference enables me to engage in discussions about current issues facing assessment centers,” said Hoiland. “I am particularly interested in getting an update on the progress of the CAI. Together, we can provide input to CAI and prepare ourselves, our centers and our students for Common Assessment.”

CCCAA Vice President Eric Hoiland, Butte CollegeThe atmosphere at the conference is conducive to sharing ideas, according to Hoiland. “The fall conference is always a fun and supportive environment,” said Hoiland. “It provides participants with an opportunity to learn and discuss assessment issues that are common to all California Community Colleges.”

Common Assessment Update

Attendees will get a first-hand update from CAI Statewide Program Director Jennifer Coleman. “Working with college representatives, many who are members of CCCAA, the CAI has made tremendous progress,” Coleman said. “I am looking forward to sharing what has been accomplished.”

According to Coleman, representatives from numerous college Information Technology departments are helping with the platform. In addition, 12 colleges have agreed to participate as pilot schools.

“Representatives from assessment, counseling and research are meeting regularly to develop a custom assessment tool for California Community Colleges with our vendor Unicon,” Coleman said.

At the conference, expect Coleman to share the latest news on the plan for the phased roll-out of the assessment between 2016 and 2018. Attendees will be able to see a demonstration of the wireframes/user interface that Unicon has developed, and provide feedback. Coleman will also explain how members of CCCAA can become more involved with shaping the common assessment. Learn more at

About the CCC Assessment Association

Since 1992, the CCCAA has been the statewide voice for assessment, served as a forum for collecting and disseminating assessment information statewide, and represented assessment personnel at the state and local level. In addition, the association promotes professional assessment standards and practices in matriculation. The group also is a leader in assessment guidelines, policies and philosophies for California.

The CCCAA is a consortium of staff, faculty, counselors and administrators who are directly or indirectly involved in assessment at their colleges. Among the members are Student Success & Support Program (SSSP) assessment directors and testing supervisors; Math, English and ESL faculty; researchers; admission and registration specialists; student equity and SSSP directors; and student services administrators. Learn more about the organization at

Karen Fraser-Middleton is a marketing consultant for the
California Community Colleges Common Assessment Initiative