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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

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.

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.