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Seeking New Student Alternate Rep to CT's Statewide Student Advisory Committee
Great opportunity to network with students from other institutions and to be part of the discussion on public higher education in CT

Go Back to Get Ahead Registration Event on 8/13
Admissions and financial aid representatives from Charter Oak State College will host a registration event for Go Back to Get Ahead prospective students on Wednesday, August 13th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

Charter Oak State College Commencement set for June 1, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy to speak
2014 Commencement date, speaker announcement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 1st for Labor Day.

Portfolio Assessment

What It Is:

Charter Oak recognizes many different ways of getting academic credit for prior learning. One way is by tests such as CLEP, DANTES and GRE examinations. The American Council on Education (ACE), Charter Oak, and other accrediting bodies have conducted evaluations of various training programs in business and industry for college credit. Your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training, for example, may be a source of college credit. All of these are forms of Assessment of Prior Learning (APL). Portfolio Assessment is another APL way to acquire credit for learning that occurs outside of the classroom.

To request credit for a course, you must present an approved course description, a narrative essay that demonstrates your knowledge of the subject, and documentary evidence that supports your claim for credit. You must provide a separate course description and write a separate narrative for each course credit request.

Note that credit is awarded for the knowledge gained, not for the experience itself, which is no guarantee of learning. Attending a 4-week training program doesn't ensure that you will learn what is taught in the classes, so we can't award credit on the basis of your attendance certificate alone. Just as students who sit in a classroom are asked to provide evidence of their learning through term papers and tests, you are asked to provide proof that you really do have the knowledge you claim. Being able to show evidence that you were there and that college-level material was being presented is a step in the right direction. But such evidence must be bolstered by demonstration of the knowledge you've gained. The portfolio process is your opportunity to demonstrate that knowledge.

What it isn't:

  • Portfolio Assessment isn't a fast or easy way to get credits without work.
  • Portfolio Assessment is NOT a way to submit your personal resume or other documents to be evaluated for college credits. It's important to realize that the portfolio process requires your active participation by writing a narrative and compiling supporting evidence that is clearly linked to each course requested. We can't award course credits just on the basis of documents, even the very best of references.
  • Portfolio Assessment is NOT a way to get credit for experience alone. Experience is what happens to you. Learning is the result of thinking about what happened, analyzing and interpreting it, and using your interpretation to make decisions that affect how you perceive and deal with the world around you. You must be able to show that you have learned from your experience.
  • Portfolio Assessment cannot be substituted for existing CLEP, DANTES or other standardized tests. You may not write a portfolio to obtain credit in a subject for which a test exists.
  • Portfolio Assessment cannot be used for courses such as practica, internships and field schools whose intent is to apply knowledge learned in other courses.
  • Portfolio Assessment cannot be used for courses that duplicate credits you already have.
  • Portfolio Assessment cannot be used for English Composition, Physical Education (except theory-based), graduate level courses, or student teaching.

What it can do for you:

  • The portfolio process is a convenient and flexible way to earn credit for courses without participating in an online or traditional class.
  • Portfolio credits are cost-effective.
  • The portfolio adapts to your schedule and time constraints. Once you have successfully completed our portfolio preparation course (IDS102), you are free to work when time is available, and additional portfolios can be written and submitted at any time of the year.
  • Portfolio credits provide proof of your experiential learning.
  • Research has shown that constructing a prior learning portfolio has educational benefits, including enhancing your understanding of your own learning.