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Commencement 2015 student speaker April Cox
Barrington, RI resident named Charter Oak student speaker

Commencement 2015 speaker Colin McEnroe
Columnist and radio personality to speak at graduation

Commencement 2015 on May 31st
Over 550 students will comprise the Class of 2015, with 200 attending the ceremony

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

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

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Learn about our new workforce-oriented online Cyber Security bachelor's degree program!

The Portfolio Assessment Process

At Charter Oak, each portfolio is prepared to challenge one specific course taught at a regionally accredited college or university, in what is known as a course equivalence approach. Each portfolio should contain a course description with knowledge components (topics and learning outcomes), a narrative essay that demonstrates your knowledge of the subject and how it matches the course, and documentary evidence that supports your claim for credit. The current instructions with a complete list of the required components are online in the student forms section of ACORN.

Common Elements of Portfolios

  • Course description and knowledge components with topics and learning outcomes to serve as the standard against which your knowledge is measured.
  • Narrative in which you describe what you did, what you learned, how you applied your knowledge, and how it relates to the course learning outcomes.
  • Documentary evidence from a variety of sources to support your claims to knowledge.

Submitting Portfolios for Assessment

After successfully completing IDS102, you will be eligible to submit additional portfolios for assessment. There is no limit to the number of single-course portfolios that you can submit for assessment. However, it is important to work closely with your Academic Advisor to ensure that portfolio credit will be accepted for the course(s) you propose to challenge and the course(s) will work within your degree plan.

You must receive permission from the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Office before submitting a portfolio for assessment. The instructions and forms, with links to the current fees, are online in the student forms section of ACORN. Be sure that you understand and follow the College's Student Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty policy.

Portfolio assessment takes about two to four months from the time we receive your portfolio. When the assessment is complete, you will be notified of the results via your Charter Oak email and the credit will be posted to your transcript within approximately 10-15 business days.

Please Note: Portfolios submitted without an approved Portfolio Course Proposal or by students who have not completed Charter Oak's IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio Development course will not be accepted and will not be returned. Please do not send any portfolio materials without receiving permission first.

Portfolio Program

Portfolio Course

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Contact the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Office with questions.