The following information applies only to eligible current students who enrolled prior to Fall 2017 through the Office of Adult Continuing Studies. Not sure if you're eligible, contact your advisor in the Office of Adult Continuing Studies.
Save time and money with the portfolio program in our Office of Adult Continuing Studies program
The portfolio program at St. Edward’s makes it easy to earn your degree faster.
Below, we have answered common questions students ask about the portfolio program.
What is a portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of information submitted electronically to apply for credit in the Office of Adult and Continuing Studies. Your portfolio matches skills and concepts you’ve learned through your life experiences, such as your job or volunteer activities, with a particular college course.
How can a portfolio help me earn college credit?
If you’re like most adult students, you probably underestimate the quantity and value of what you’ve learned from your life experiences. For example, if you work in public relations, you can possibly earn credit for these existing classes: Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, and Public Relations & Policy. With the help of your advisor, you’ll create course credit requests that show you’ve mastered those skills. An expert will evaluate your work, and if approved, you’ll get credit for the classes at a substantial savings over the cost of the classes.
What experience qualifies for credit through the portfolio program?
Office of Adult and Continuing Studies students at St. Edward’s University have earned college-level credit based on what they’ve learned through:
• Work-related training
• Professional licenses and certifications
• Professional memberships and awards
• Military service
• Seminars and workshops
• Community service or volunteer work
• Church or civic involvement
How do I know if portfolio is an option for me?
Almost every Office of Adult and Continuing Studies student can benefit from submitting a portfolio. Talk to your admission counselor or advisor if you are not sure.
How do I begin the portfolio program?
After being admitted to an Office of Adult and Continuing Studies program, you will start by taking the seven-week Prior Learning Assessment Workshop (PORT-1032A) led by a portfolio advisor. Then, you will be ready to start working on your portfolio.
What will I learn in the Prior Learning Assessment Workshop?
First, you will talk about the difference between learning and experience. Not every experience results in learning and college credit can only be awarded for learning. Next, you will look at your life experiences and focus on those that resulted in learning. By the time you have completed the class, you will be ready to create your first portfolio submission.
How will a portfolio save me time?
Students who have successfully completed portfolios say it takes about 20 hours to prepare one request for portfolio credit; much less time than a semester-long class. The first portfolio submission usually takes the longest, and each one gets easier.
How will a portfolio save me money?
Your first portfolio submission costs less than half the tuition for a regular class. After your first submission, you can create others for about 85% less than the cost of tuition. Portfolio submission cost about 10% of tuition.
How long do I have to use the portfolio program?
After you successfully complete the introductory portfolio workshop, you will have an entire calendar year to create and submit the remainder of your portfolios. And, your portfolio advisor will be there to help you every step of the way.
For which classes can I submit an assessment?
You can create portfolios for Office of Adult and Continuing Studies classes in your major, minor or electives.
What kind of help can I count on while I am working on my portfolio?
Your portfolio is largely directed by you. But, you are definitely not alone. You will work with the portfolio advisor throughout the process.