Portfolio assessment is a flexible,
efficient way of earning college credits for what you have learned
outside the classroom. Florida Vedic College has already helped
many adults save countless classroom hours by earning credits based
on their knowledge. Moreover, these credit awards are honored by
many other colleges and universities throughout the country.
Like all programs offered by Florida
Vedic College, portfolio assessment operates on the belief that
college-level learning, no matter how it is gained, warrants credit.
Therefore, nearly any area of learning can be converted into college
credits as long as it is taught at a college or university and you
can prove your expertise in it.
A portfolio is a compilation of data
assembled in an approved format to demonstrate college-level knowledge
for an award of credit. Often compiled like a notebook, each portfolio
generally represents one course. The portfolio you submit to Florida
Vedic College will serve as proof of your expertise and the value
it has in the academic world. It can include knowledge or skills
gained from a wide variety of sources, but these are some of the
more common ones used for portfolio assessment:
- Full or part-time jobs
- Independent reading and study
- Training programs or in-service
- Volunteer work
- Cultural and artistic pursuits
- Community or religious activities
- Military service
- Travel study
- Organization memberships
Putting your portfolio together is
a simple, step by step process:
1., Take inventory of your knowledge
Review you job history, hobbies,
areas of study or special training, volunteer work and other activities
noted above. Then make a list of all the areas of knowledge and
skill you have acquired as a result of these experiences.
2., Choose the areas for which you
want to seek college credit.
Evaluate each area of your prior
learning to determine which ones to select for portfolio assessment.
Your decision about each subject area should be based on two factors:
whether you can prove that your knowledge is equivalent to a college-level
course and whether you need college credits in that subject. If
you have partial knowledge of a subject, and wish to acquire more,
the Portfolio Study option may be right for you.
3., Find course descriptions to match
For each subject you have chosen,
review the Florida Vedic College Course Catalog to locate a description
which best reflects your knowledge. If you cannot identify an
appropriate course in the Florida Vedic College Course Catalog,
search through catalogs from other colleges. The catalog entries
you select must represent courses taught semester hours (not quarter
hours) at those colleges or universities. Please note that if
you select a course description from another institutions
catalog, there is no guarantee that it will be assigned the same
or a similar number by Florida Vedic College. With the exception
of physical education activity courses, field experience, student
teaching, cooperative study, practicum courses, internships, senior
seminars, independent study or lab courses, any college-level
subject is eligible for portfolio assessment. (Lab courses must
be accompanied by related theory courses.) Make certain your selected
courses have been approved for your degree or certificate programs.
4., Provide evidence of your knowledge.
Assemble a package of material that
documents your knowledge of the subject. This may include samples
of your work, a resume, notes taken in training courses, transcripts,
an annotated bibliography, letters of verification from employers
or others who have first hand knowledge of you abilities, or any
other material that offers proof. If solid evidence is lacking,
you may request an examination. Exams are available on limited
basis and may be oral or written, depending on the subject matter
or requirements of the faculty consultant.
5., Describe what you know and how
your learned it.
Write a narrative that outlines
your learning, explains how your knowledge was acquired and introduces
the materials you are providing as evidence. This statement, which
may be anywhere from three to ten pages in length depending on
the type of course involved, is your forum for persuading the
faculty consultant that you have accumulated enough knowledge
to warrant credit for the subject. Portfolio advisors encourage
students to submit a rough draft of the narrative, prior to final
submission, so they can review it and provide useful advice.
6., Put it all together.
After you selected a course description,
written an appropriate narrative and collected sufficient evidence
to prove your knowledge to the faculty consultant, your portfolio
is complete and ready for packaging. Each subject must be packaged
in a separate folder or binder, since not all of your courses
may be reviewed by the same faculty consultant. The exceptions
are courses which are closely related, such as Vedic Philosophy
& Religion courses. Foreign language courses in the same language,
regardless of the number of credits represented, are packaged
as one, single portfolio. The Portfolio Cover Sheet with the course
description should be placed at the front of your portfolio, followed
by the narrative and, finally, your evidence. A table of contents
is required. If you are uncertain as to whether your courses are
closely linked enough to be packaged together,check with a Florida
Vedic College Staff member.
All information in your Portfolio
should be typewritten and double spaced. Each page should be numbered.
The materials in your portfolio should be arranged in the following
- Portfolio Cover Sheet with a clear
photocopy of the course description taped on the cover sheet.
- Table of Contents listing all items
included in the portfolio
- Narrative written clearly and grammatically
- Evidence organized in the sequence
in which it is mentioned in the narrative and preferably numbered
or otherwise labeled.
7., Submit the portfolio, along with
your check or money order.
Your portfolio should then be mailed
to the College along with check or money order for $100. Your portfolio
will be reviewed and if it appears complete, it will be forwarded
to a faculty consultant for assessment. Once it is submitted, the
portfolio will be considered an academic record which belongs to
Florida Vedic College. At that point, it cannot be returned to you.
Therefore, be sure to keep a copy of each item in the portfolio
for your own records. And do not send any original documents which
you may need in the future. Please note: your portfolio will not
be forwarded for assessment if the College has not received your
check or money order for the assessment.
Your Portfolio and Check or money
order should be made out and mailed to:
Florida Vedic College
934 N. University Drive, #102
Coral Springs, FL 33071