Portfolio Program

What should be there in a portfolio?

  • Information about your course – These are the learning outcomes you must achieve.
  • Summary – Each course and learning outcome is aligned with the specific achievements made during the course.
  • Autobiography and resume – It is a brief summary of your learning experiences.
  • Narrative – Here you explain how you have achieved the course and learning objectives.
  • Evidence – You provide evidence from your graded works to support your claims.

What is the credit given for a portfolio?

  • 100-200 credits come from a lower-division credit in undergraduate studies
  • 300-400 credits come from a higher-division credit in undergraduate studies
  • 500-600 credits are granted in Master’s-level studies
  • Additional credits are given for any specialty courses taught in colleges
  • The number of credits can be limited by program
  • Your academic advisor will provide more information about the credits awarded for a portfolio

Why participate in a portfolio program?

  • It is cheaper!
    • Portfolio tuition is much lower than that of separate courses.
    • You do not need to pay an assessment fee if you manage to submit a completed portfolio within 30 days after you complete the initial portfolio course.
  • It is flexible – you set the best schedule for your learning.
  • It is valid – portfolio programs do not differ from any specific courses included in them.

Who benefits most from engaging in portfolio programs?

  • Undergraduate and graduate learners
  • Current students who want to save their time and money
  • Guest students who
    • Can cooperate with an academic advisor
    • Manage their courses and degrees according to the preapproved learning plan
    • Provide enough information to validate portfolio credits in their schools
    • Transfer to a portfolio program from their institutions to improve their learning and academic results

How can I be sure that a portfolio program will benefit my studies?

  • Do you study any of the regular courses taught in colleges?
  • How does the course or program of your choice match your learning goals and plans?
  • Are you able to monitor the progress of your learning and describe the efforts and achievements made during the course?
  • Do you have the learning and knowledge background needed to succeed in a portfolio program?
  • Have you acquired the necessary background understanding of practice and theory in your specialty?
  • Can you explain, describe, and justify the actions and decisions you have made in the process of learning?
  • Can you apply your learning in more than one context?
  • Have you completed your English Composition course?
  • Do you like research paper writing?
  • Do you have enough time to write a large academic project at the end of the program?

The Portfolio Program is what you need if you have positively answered all these questions.

When is the best time to engage in a portfolio program?

  • It is better to begin a portfolio program early, so that you do not have to study in several identical courses.
  • It is better to participate when you know that the program matches your course requirements.
  • It is better to begin when you have acquired the background knowledge and training needed to succeed in a portfolio program.
  • You should first earn at least one professional credential as a sign of your proficiency.
  • A portfolio program is right on time, when you have no opportunity to take an exam.

How much time will it take?

  • A portfolio program usually covers eight weeks.
  • Your portfolio assessment will also cover 2-4 months. The exact time will vary, depending on
    • The availability of faculty staff
    • The need to provide additional information
  • When you submit your finished portfolio, expect to receive an answer from the faculty within 30 days or so.
  • If additional information is needed, you will have a month to provide it.
  • Once the results are finalized, the credit will be published. It may take additional 10-15 days.

How do I engage in the portfolio program?

Undergraduate learners

  • Contact your counselor or advisor for more information.
  • Make sure that you have completed a preliminary portfolio course with a “C” or higher.
  • Submit a cover sheet and a portfolio course proposal for a review.
  • Submit the completed portfolio.
  • Pay the fee.
  • Check your emails from time to time for further updates.

Graduate learners

  • See if the portfolio program fits in your degree or learning plan. Discuss the portfolio program with your graduate supervisor.
  • Submit a cover sheet and a portfolio course proposal for a review.
  • Submit the completed portfolio.
  • Pay the fee.
  • Check your emails from time to time for further updates.

Where do I find the forms and templates needed for it?

  • Use your student portal to find the following forms:
    • Cover sheet and portfolio proposal form;
    • Instructions for portfolio submission;
    • Summary sheet to accompany your portfolio.
  • Contact the student services office if you are a guest student.
  • Contact the student services office if you are a graduate student.
  • If you are an undergraduate student who took an academic leave, you should contact the student services office for the most current portfolio forms.

Do not hesitate to contact us for further questions.