The Portfolio Assessment Process
First, successfully complete IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio Development
Our portfolio course is designed to help you analyze your experience, relate what
you learned to specific college courses, determine the learning outcomes, and prepare
a portfolio to demonstrate that what you have learned is equivalent to what would
be learned by successfully completing the course. It will guide you through the process
of constructing an educational resume, identifying areas where you have college level
knowledge, writing a biographical overview of your relevant background, analyzing
course learning outcomes, completing a narrative essay to show how what you learned
matches the course learning outcomes, and choosing appropriate supporting documentary
You will learn how to prepare a portfolio narrative to:
- Describe what you know in relation to the course.
- Specify when, where, and how you acquired that knowledge.
- Relate that knowledge to the course learning outcomes.
- Present each piece of supporting documentation, relate it to the course learning outcome(s),
and describe how it supports your claim to knowledge.
IDS 102 is a three-credit course taught online in an accelerated format over eight
weeks. Tuition for the course includes assessment of the single-course portfolio you
will develop in class, as long as it is submitted within 30 days of the end of your
IDS 102 class.
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 or Counselor to ensure that the courses you challenge via portfolio 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.
Portfolio assessment takes about two to four months, or more, 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.
Contact the PLA Office with questions.