During an Adult and Professional Studies program, all students must create a portfolio that summarizes the learning acquired from academic, personal, and professional experiences. Students receive materials on developing the portfolio before classes begin. Program representatives and assessment counselors assist students in completing this portion of the program.
The portfolio serves several purposes:
- Provides a means by which students may petition for life-learning credit applicable to their degree.
- Assesses extra-collegiate learning.
- Determines the progress of the student's career and personal development.
- Provides a vehicle to explore growth patterns and formulate future academic and career plans using this knowledge.
The portfolio for B.A. in Liberal Studies students consists of 10 sections:
- Section 1: Autobiography
- Section 2: Transcripts and A.C.E./military documents
- Section 3: Résumé
- Section 4: Case study essay and applied summary essay
- Section 5: Experiential learning essays and Pro-tech coursework
- Section 6: Strand assessments
- Section 7: Concentration assessments
- Section 8: P.I.L.O.T. print outs and preliminary portfolio rubric
- Section 9: Reflection essay
- Section 10: Subject-matter competence/reflection
Since it is an integral part of the course work, all students must complete the portfolio. Students participating in the B.A. in Liberal Studies are held to a portfolio process which entails writing one experiential-learning essay and completing several concentration and assessment documents.
Letter grades are not assigned to prior learning credit earned through the portfolio. They appear on the APU transcript as "CR" for credit received. Students may earn a maximum of 18 units through portfolio assessment. Credit awards may differ among individuals.