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Charter Oak State College Encourages Voter Registration
Please register to vote in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 4th. Get information on deadlines and how to register.

Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall Meeting Held
On Monday 9/22, Charter Oak State College held our Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall meeting at our campus and online.

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

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

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

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

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 evidence.

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.