The Portfolio Program at Charter Oak can be used to earn credit by demonstrating that your learning matches a specific course.
What's In A Portfolio?
- Course Information - Includes the learning outcomes for the specific course you are challenging.
- Summary Sheet - Matches each course learning outcome to your experience and supporting evidence.
- Resume and Biographical Essay - Provides an overview of your learning experiences related to the course.
- Narrative - Demonstrates how you have achieved each course learning outcome.
- Documentary Evidence - Supports your claims to knowledge of the learning outcomes.
How Do I Participate In The Portfolio Program?
- Successfully complete the IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio Development course.
- Submit a Portfolio Course Proposal Form with the syllabus to the PLA Office.
- Receive approval from the PLA Office to submit your portfolio.
- Pay the assessment fee.
- Submit your portfolio via email to the PLA Office.
What Credit Can I Earn For A Portfolio?
- Earn credit for a specific course taught at any regionally accredited college.
- Discuss how to apply the credit to your degree plan with your Academic Counselor.
- There are no limits to the number of credits you can earn from the Portfolio Program.
When Should I Consider The Portfolio Program?
- Early in your educational planning to prevent taking classes on material you already know.
- When you know the material taught in a specific course that fits into your degree plan.
- When the training you completed does not have credit available from a credit review.
- When you don't hold a professional credential that verifies you learned the material.
- When you can't take an exam to earn the credit.
Why Should I Consider The Portfolio Program?
- Save money!
- The portfolio assessment fee is considerably less than tuition.
- The assessment fee for your first portfolio is waived when submitted within 30 days of completing the Portfolio Development course (IDS 102).
- Flexibility! Work within your own schedule to prepare your portfolios.
- Validation! Receive recognition for what you've learned through your experience.
Where Are The Forms And Resources I Need?
- Log into the Acorn Student Portal and go to Student Self-Service / Student Forms to find:
- Portfolio Proposal Form;
- Portfolio Submission Instructions;
- Portfolio Summary Sheet.
- Guest students should contact the PLA Office for forms.
- If it's been a while since you took the Portfolio Development course, contact the PLA Office for current resources.
How Long Does It Take?
- The Portfolio Development course is eight weeks long.
- Plan on 2-4 months for portfolio assessment - The length of time can vary, depending on:
- Faculty availability.
- Whether more information is requested.
- Faculty assessors typically provide a response within 30 days of receiving your complete portfolio.
- The credit is typically posted to your record within 10-15 days of finalized results.
Who Can Use The Portfolio Program?
- Charter Oak students - Your Academic Counselor can guide you in choosing course challenges that fit into your degree plan.
- Guest students - Work with your home school advisor and be sure that:
- Your home school will accept the Portfolio Development in transfer.
- Your home school will accept any credit from portfolios in transfer.
- Any credit you earn by portfolio will fit into your degree plan.
How Do I Know If The Portfolio Program Is Right For Me?
- Does your learning involve content normally taught in college courses?
- Was your learning experience long enough and deep enough to provide opportunity to learn the material?
- Does your learning contain a mix of theory and practical application?
- Can you effectively explain both what you did and why it should (or should not) be done that way?
- Does your learning apply to multiple contexts?
- Can you describe and document your learning and show how it relates to the course learning outcomes?
- Have you successfully completed Composition?
- Are you comfortable writing research papers?
- Do you have the time to devote to a writing intensive project?
If you answered "yes" to the above questions, consider the Portfolio Program.
Contact the PLA Office with questions.