Credit for Portfolio Assessment

Did you know you can receive college-level credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom? When you complete Excelsior’s portfolio assessment process, you can earn credit for what you’ve learned through work experience, independent study, community service, continuing education, corporate training and MOOCs, saving you money and time as you complete your degree!

Continue reading to find out how the process works and see if portfolio assessment is right for you.

How it Works

Excelsior College’s portfolio assessment is offered in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) through LearningCounts.org.

When you create your portfolio during the required class, CCS 202/CAEL100 Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice, you’ll match your knowledge to material covered in specific college courses offered by Excelsior or other institutions. In addition to earning 3 credits for taking the course, you may receive further credits through formal assessment of the portfolio you create during the class as well as through additional portfolios you submit.

You can apply these credits to a degree program at Excelsior or transfer them to another school by placing them in a OneTranscript® record. Please note portfolio assessment can be done for courses only at the undergraduate level.

You will have to:

  1. Relate learning and experience to course outcomes
  2. Reflect on learning and how it applies to course relevant theories/practices
  3. Communicate at a college level
  4. Tie in relevant artifacts to support the narrative

Please note that a portfolio is not the same as a resume.

Examples of Portfolios

Sample Portfolio Components:

Complete Portfolio Samples:

Is it Right for You?

Portfolio assessment can be time consuming. Here are some general guidelines to increase the likelihood of earning credits from portfolio assessment:

  • You have flexibility with your degree plan to earn portfolio credits. Check with your academic advisor about whether your program fits this criterion.
  • You have about 5 years of professional experience in an applied area that aligns with college courses.
  • You have taken or tested out of Basic Composition Course and feel comfortable writing a college-level paper.
  • You have completed at least one other online or hybrid course or feel comfortable learning online.
  • You have reviewed the course learning outcomes you wish to complete a portfolio for and have connected your formal or informal learning from your experiences to those learning outcomes.
  • You are able to provide evidence of your learning (e.g., letters, certificates, learning materials, note of completion or mastery, etc.)

Explore your path to more credit through portfolio assessment.

  1. Obtain approval from your academic advisor and register for Excelsior’s online course CCS 202/CAEL100 Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice to learn how to evaluate your learning history and prepare a portfolio.
  2. During CCS 202/CAEL100, work with your Excelsior academic advisor to receive approval for the credits you will pursue through learning portfolio assessment.
  3. After you complete and pass CCS 202/CAEL100, submit your completed portfolio via LearningCounts.org.
  4. Subject matter experts recruited by LearningCounts will assess your portfolio and recommend credit accordingly.
  5. Have your official LearningCounts.org/NCCRS transcript mailed to Excelsior to earn the credits for your portfolio.

  1. Register for Excelsior’s online course CCS 202/CAEL100 Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice to learn how to evaluate your learning history and prepare a portfolio.
  2. After you complete and pass CCS 202/CAEL100, submit your completed learning portfolio via LearningCounts.org.
  3. Subject matter experts recruited by LearningCounts will assess your portfolio and recommend credit accordingly.
  4. Have your official LearningCounts.org/NCCRS transcript mailed to Excelsior to earn the credits for your portfolio..
  5. Complete the OneTranscript® process (additional fees for OneTranscript apply) or speak with an admissions counselor to find out how you can apply your credits to a degree program at Excelsior.

Success Stories

Putting together a successful, credit-earning learning portfolio takes hard work, attention to detail, and strong writing skills, but the rewards can be well worth it.

Find out how Excelsior students Adam and Christy each used portfolio assessment to save money and earn their degrees sooner.

Policies

For complete portfolio assessment policies and guidelines, see the Portfolio Assessment Policy page.

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