How To Earn Graduate PLA Credit For Portfolios

Steps

  1. Contact the PLA Office at pla@charteroak.edu to request the Graduate Portfolio Manual.

  2. Consult with your Academic Counselor regarding the applicability to your degree plan for each portfolio course challenge.

  3. Submit your Portfolio with attachments via email to the PLA Office at pla@charteroak.edu.

  4. Pay assessment fee.

Process

  • Review the current information about the Portfolio Program prior to each portfolio.

  • Consult with your Academic Counselor regarding the applicability to your degree plan for each portfolio course challenge.

  • Review current policy information in the online catalog and pay special attention to the Academic Policies and Regulations, Sources of Credit, and Portfolio Assessment

  • Log in to the Acorn student portal to access the current forms.

  • Portfolios must be submitted electronically from your Charter oak email to the PLA Office at pla@charteroak.edu and are not returned.

  • The assessment fee is posted to your account when the portfolio is forwarded to the faculty.

  • Assessment fees must be paid for assessment to begin; current fee information is posted in the online catalog.

  • Portfolio assessment takes 2-3 months or more, depending upon faculty assessor availability and whether more information is requested.

  • Faculty assessors are assigned after receipt and administrative review of portfolios by the PLA Office and are asked to complete their assessments within 30 days of receipt of all portfolio review materials, including any additional information that may be requested and received.

  • You must respond within 30 days to any request for more information or the assessment process will end, with the final results based upon the last submission.

  • Submit your portfolio electronically as a pdf or MS Word attachment from your Charter Oak email.

    • Include your name and the course in the name(s) of the portfolio document(s).

    • If your portfolio submission contains multiple documents, you must include a numeral at the beginning of each document name to order them appropriately and ensure that the faculty assessor will receive and review them in the order you wish.  

  • Credit will be posted to your transcript within 10-15 business days after any credit award.

  • All communications and results will be sent to your Charter Oak email.

Portfolio Contents

  1. Graduate Portfolio Cover Sheet form (from Acorn), fully completed.

  2. Graduate Portfolio Summary Sheet (from Acorn), fully completed.

  3. Introduction describing how your experience has provided you with the opportunities to learn the course material.

  4. Narrative demonstrating how your knowledge is equivalent to each course topic / learning outcome and linking each piece of documentary evidence.

  5. Resume.

  6. Graduate Documentary Evidence List form, fully completed.

  7. Documentary evidence supporting your claim of having achieved each course learning outcome.