Undergraduate Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio assessment is a collection of materials compiled to demonstrate previous college-level learning relevant to a student's degree plan.

Wilmington University recognizes that college-level learning occurs in a variety of settings. Portfolio assessment is one process to document learning that took place outside the classroom.

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio Assessment Courses

EXP 095: Do-It-yourself Portfolio

A non-credit course that guides students step-by-step through the preparation and compilation of components required for prior learning assessment portfolio evaluation through LearningCounts.

EXP 100: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice

A course designed to help students identify areas of learning they wish to have evaluated for college-level equivalency. The course also guides students through the preparation and compilation of all components required for the evaluation of a portfolio or prior learning through LearningCounts.

For more information review the portfolio assessment FAQs below.


Next Steps

Step 1. View video above.

Step 2. Review the information on this page along with the portfolio assessment FAQs to see if this option relates to your background.

Step 3. If you are interested in pursuing the portfolio assessment option or want to learn more about credit for prior learning at Wilmington University contact the College of Online and Experiential Learning at coel@wilmu.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer my PLA credit to another college or university?

Students who have received PLA credit at Wilmington University should be aware that PLA credit may not be accepted by other institutions. Students are encouraged to check with the receiving institution prior to transfer.

How are portfolios graded?

Credit by portfolio is assessed based on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory evaluation and will be assigned a grade of "S" or "U." A grade of "U" will impact a student's grade point average (GPA).

How are credits earned through portfolio assessment transcripted?

Credits earned through portfolio assessment are transcripted as residency credit.

EXP 095: Do-It-Yourself Portfolio

A: EXP 095 is a 100% online self-directed credit portfolio preparation course designed to assist students in the identification of areas of learning that they may want to have evaluated for a college-level course. EXP 095 guides students through the preparation and compilation of components required for the evaluation of a prior learning portfolio. After completing the course, you can submit your portfolio for assessment by faculty evaluators with the appropriate subject matter expertise.

A: No. Students automatically receive an "S" on their WU transcript upon enrollment in EXP 095; however, they are not able to submit a portfolio assessment to LearningCounts until EXP 095 has been fully satisfied on their LearningCounts account.

A: Since EXP 095 is a 0-credit course, it will not be treated as residency credit.

EXP 095 is charged to students account as a one-time lab fee at the rate of $254. See the table below for an explanation of cost. If you have questions please contact the College of Online and Experiential Learning at coel@wilmu.edu.

 

 

Cost

Credits earned

EXP 095 option

Complete 0 portfolios

$254

0

 

Complete 1 portfolio

$254

3

 

Complete 2 portfolios

$379

6

 

Complete 3 portfolios

$504

9

 

Complete 4 portfolios

$629

12

PLEASE NOTE: After completion of the portfolio preparation course EXP 095 students are provided the option of completing an initial 3-credit portfolio assessment at no additional cost.

There is no specific timeframe to complete EXP 095, but students are encouraged to submit their initial portfolio within 2-3 months from the start of EXP 095.

A: EXP 095 is a 0-credit course treated as a lab. Federal financial aid will not provide reimbursement for EXP 095 since it is a non-credit course.

A: Students may be able to complete EXP 095 relatively quickly (in 4-6 hours), however, additional time is required to find courses that match their knowledge areas and develop materials for their portfolio.

A: No, there are no refunds for EXP 095 once the student has begun the course.

A: Students that are interested in completing additional portfolio assessments after the initial 3-credit portfolio assessment included with EXP 095 should contact LearningCounts directly.


EXP 100: Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice

A: EXP 100 is a 3-credit, 100% online instructor-led portfolio preparation course designed to assist students in the identification of areas of learning that they may want to have evaluated for a college-level course. The course guides students through the preparation and compilation of all components required for the evaluation of a prior learning portfolio.

A: EXP 100 is a 6-week course that occurs 100% online, and is offered every block. Students have the option of extending the course an additional 2 weeks at no additional cost and use that time as a Portfolio Development Workshop.

A: Although students are required to complete EXP 100 within the 6 week timeframe, students are encouraged to submit their portfolios within 2-3 months from the start of the course.

EXP 100 is charged to the student account and the tuition is tied directly to Wilmington University’s current per credit tuition rate for online courses (currently $363 per credit for the 2017-2018 academic year). Registration in EXP 100 also includes one 3-credit portfolio assessment at no additional cost. See the table below for an explanation of cost. If you have questions please contact the College of Online and Experiential Learning at coel@wilmu.edu.

 

 

Cost

Credits earned

EXP 100 option*

Complete 0 portfolios

$1089

3

 

Complete 1 portfolio

$1089

6

 

Complete 2 portfolios

$1214

9

 

Complete 3 portfolios

$1339

12

 

Complete 4 portfolios

$1464

15

A: EXP 100 is graded on a Credit or No Credit basis.

Wilmington University will apply a student’s grade as (S) Satisfactory or (U) Unsatisfactory on their transcript.

A: For students receiving federal aid funds, EXP 100 will be counted toward their pace of completion for the term. An "S" grade is counted as a completed course and a "U" grade will count as an incomplete course in a student's overall completion rate calculation.

A: Yes, students enrolled in EXP 100 follow the WU course drop policy. For a full refund you must drop EXP 100 by the Monday after the start of the course.

A: Yes, a student will be withdrawn from EXP 100 if they do not submit an assignment or participate for two weeks at any point throughout the course. If a student is withdrawn from EXP 100 after the drop period, withdrawal policies and deadlines apply.

A: Yes, but WU will be notified with at least 5 days notice. In the event that EXP 100 is cancelled WU will follow current protocol of notifying students through the WU Registrar.

A: No, EXP 100 is only offered in the online format.

A: As long as EXP 100 applies to a student’s chosen major, federal financial aid will provide reimbursement for EXP 100.

A: Students that are interested in completing additional portfolio assessments after the initial 3-credit portfolio assessment included with EXP 100 will contact LearningCounts directly.