Portfolio Assessment

Andrews University recognizes that college-level learning can occur outside of the classroom. When advanced standing, credit-by-exam, and performance or credential validation are not appropriate, prior learning credit may be possible through portfolio assessment. Use the resources on this page to prepare.

  1. Did the introduction present the course and key learnings you will be addressing in one to three paragraphs?
  2. Is appropriate depth and breadth of integration of key concepts evident in well-formed paragraphs in the narrative body?
  3. Did the conclusion summarize the significance of learning aligned to each course outcome, already described in the body?
  4. Is the essay clearly organized, addressing each learning outcome in the order presented in the latest syllabus? 
  5. Is the narrative typed on 5-10 double-spaced pages, with page numbers, in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font?
  6. Did each paragraph have a topic sentence followed by sentences that support LEARNING through experiences on that topic?
  7. Did you reflect on HOW you know you learned something? on how you USED this learning? and the most valuable INSIGHTS gained from this learning?
  8. Did you describe HOW, WHERE, WHAT and WHY you learned the course outcomes?
  9. Did you use key words, concepts, or vocabulary appropriate to this course? 
  10. Did you apply principles, theories, guidelines, or concepts that you learned from your experience, relevant to the course outcomes?
  11. Did you describe how this learning has been applied to work, family, volunteer and other areas of your life?
  12. Did you cite learning from books or additional reading that may be relevant? Reviewing a copy of the current textbook may be helpful?
  13. Did you cite and explain how your selection of supporting artifacts provide evidence for achieving the learning outcomes?
  14. Did you use APA style for in-text citations and a reference list? (Recommend Tool: Owl Purdue APA Guide)
  15. Is your final edited version free of punctuation, spelling, capitalization errors?  Did you use spell check? Did a trusted friend provide feedback?
  16. Are all artifacts saved in a google folder on your Andrews account, along with the learning narrative? 
  1. Get approval to prepare a portfolio from your academic advisor.
  2. Use the learning narrative checklist (above) to prepare the portfolio.
  3. Share the portfolio google folder with the Dr Glynis Bradfield, the Prior Learning Director.
  4. Email the Prior Learning Director to request an apointment to review the portfolio.
  5. Make improvements based on the feedback from the portfolio review appointment.
  6. Notify the Prior Learning Director when the portfolio is ready for assesment.
  7. The Prior Learning Director arranges for review by a faculty evaluator within 30 days.
  1. Faculty who teach the class for which credit is requested evaluate your portfolio using a portfolio assessment rubric.
  2. A pass/fail grade is assigned by a faculty evaluator for the class for which credit is requested.
  3. A pass is given for work demonstrating learning of outcomes at a C level or higher. 
  4. Portfolios with passing grades are reviewed and approved by the College or School Dean.
  5. If failed, the evaluator may provide feedback with the option to resubmit once. A failing grade is never entered.
  6. A passing grade will be a part of your permanent transcript with a code denoting credit through assessment.

The Andrews University Prior Learning Director, Dr Glynis Bradfield, coordinates portfolio approval, development, and assessment for students in any program, on-campus or online.  Students are welcome to make appointments for coaching through the portfolio preparation process where prior learning is aligned with courses in the current Andrews University bulletin.

Where prior learning is aligned to university courses not available through Andrews University, students are encouraged to take the LearningCounts portfolio preparation course. Course completion includes the option to submit two course-specific portfolios for evaluation by a qualified faculty evaluator. Passing grades are recorded on Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) transcripts, which Andrews University accepts. Credits for non-Andrews courses can count towards electives, and possibly the Andrews Core requirements or even individualized majors or general studies focus areas.