Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a
- How do I
enroll in the Portfolio Completion course?
- Are there any pre-requisites?
are the meeting times and locations of the classes?
- How many credits may I earn?
- How are the Portfolio
- Which disciplines
accept Portfolio credits?
- What does the portfolio
- What help is
available as I create a portfolio?
- What type of
documentation do I need?
- What is "justification"?
- How do I turn in the
- How long
does it take to complete the entire process?
What is a
It is a written document covering a student's life and equating his or
her personal, work, special experiences, and educational experiences
to skills and knowledge developed in college courses.
I enroll in the Portfolio Completion course?
Once students have been admitted to LCSC, they enroll in ID 285,
Portfolio Completion, in the same way they enroll in any other course.
Are there any
Yes. A person must be an enrolled, degree-seeking LCSC student. He or
she should have completed 12 college credits, three of which must be
from LCSC and three of which must be English Composition. The student
should also know how to type or use a word processor.
What are the meeting times and locations of the classes?
There are none. The course is offered completely over the Internet.
Assignments may be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to the Portfolio
How many credits may I earn?
A person can earn up to 32 credits (limited to 16 specific and 16
block credits) toward a baccalaureate degree or up to 16 (limited to 8
specific and 8 block credits toward an Associate of Arts in Liberal
How are the Portfolio
Two types of credits can be earned through the Portfolio process.
Block credits are applied toward degree electives. This type of credit
has a limitation, however; some colleges do not accept other
institutions' block credits.
The specific credits are not applied towards electives. They are
applied toward courses required for a degree within participating
disciplines. These credits are never used toward core courses,
disciplines accept Portfolio credits?
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What does the portfolio
An outline of the portfolio is as follows:
Section 1 (9 Steps)--
Personal History Timeline & Narrative
Work Experience Timeline & Narrative
Special Experiences Timeline & Narrative
Credit & Non-Credit Timelines & Education Narrative
Section 2 -- Developing Your Goals
Section 3 -- Obtaining Documentation
Section 4 -- Writing Your Justification
Section 5 -- Organizing and Submitting Your Portfolio
is available as I create my portfolio?
Distance Learning's Portfolio Coordinator will guide you
through the process to ensure a successful portfolio project.
What type of
documentation do I need?
Letters of reference
Certificates of training and syllabi
What is "justification"?
The "Justification" section brings all the previous sections together.
The writer states the experiences he or she believes are worth college
credit. Then the writer cites his or her documentation "justifying"
the request for credits.
How do I turn in the
The portfolio must be submitted in two hard copy copies. One is in a
three-ring binder that goes to the assessment committee and ends up in
the student's transcript file. One is in a manila envelope which is
kept in the Portfolio archives.
The portfolio will be organized in the following order:
long does it take to complete the entire process?
Typically students can finish their portfolio through the Goals stage
by the end of the semester they enrolled in. It may then take through
the next semester for students to receive replies to their requests
for documentation. Once the Portfolio is turned in it goes to the
division chair (for block credits for the discipline the student is
enrolled in) or a faculty member (for specific credits). Then it goes
to the Assessment Committee which forms every fall for the fall and
spring semesters. If they approve it, the Portfolio then goes to the
Academic Vice-President and the student is billed for the Portfolio
credits earned. Once the student remits, the credits are transcripted.
Thus it can take upwards of one year to receive the credits.
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