Pacific Crest is the favored strategic partner of many higher education institutions when it comes to building human and organizational capacity – whether it be in learning, teaching, mentoring, designing instruction, or assessing. Our work in these areas has resulted in the development and articulation of an educational philosophy called Process Education™, which focuses on the development of broad, transferable learning skills.

Implementation of this philosophy means using processes and tools to create new types of environments in which students take center stage and discover how to improve their learning and self-assessment skills within a discipline.

This philosophy also supports the current institutional reform movement that calls for a shift in emphasis from an agenda driven by teachers’ desires and designs to one focused on student learning outcomes.

It consistently seeks answers to the question, How do students learn most effectively and enduringly? and then works to translate the answer into teaching practice and, ultimately, institutional policy.

To these ends, Pacific Crest offers a variety of Faculty Development Institutes, Custom Publishing Services and the centerpiece of our ongoing commitment to Process Education™, the Faculty Guidebook.

Our History  

In 1985, Pacific Crest began working with colleges to better integrate the use of technology in teaching, and improve the quality of the teaching and learning processes used by educators.

The first Teaching Institute was held in the summer of 1991 at Wells College in upstate New York. Pacific Crest has now facilitated more than 275 educational institutes. These institutes are "hands-on" and put each participant in the role of learner, educator, and researcher.

In 1992, Learning Through Problem Solving became the first Pacific Crest publication to use a "learning process methodology" in the design of curriculum. Others publications soon followed.

By 1996, the main focus of Pacific Crest had become the educational philosophy termed Process Education™.

This philosophy has become the distinguishing characteristic of Pacific Crest and is at the core of all we do: faculty development, educational consulting, and publishing