The Student Portfolio
Every Ancilla student, in every program concentration, will create a learning portfolio. The portfolio is created by students from examples of student learning and achievement. These examples (artifacts) come from classroom projects and assignments that illustrate how and what they have learned, organized around the Ancilla College Core Values. Upon choosing an artifact to represent each Core Value, students write short essays, called reflections, to demonstrate their knowledge and competency in their chosen field. The portfolio information is available from your academic advisor. (Click here for a downloadable Portfolio Guide.)
The Ancilla Student Learning Portfolio Process
1. Attend classes.
Show up, read before you go to class, and ask good questions.
2. Collect artifacts from classes.
Save and keep graded assignments, papers, lab reports and other work from classes. These will be Word files, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and any files you create—not paper. Record your speeches and presentations with cell phone cameras, video cameras, digital recorders or equipment borrowed from the library. Save your files in multiple places. For more information on artifacts and reflections click here.
3. Choose artifacts that reflect Core Values.
Sort through your artifacts and pick the best work you’ve done to illustrate how well you are learning about each Core Value—One artifact per Core Value. Artifacts must relate to the Core Value but they can come from any class. Artifacts representing mathematical problem solving can come from a Nursing course, a Business course or any assignment that called for problem solving using math. Writing artifacts can come from any course where you composed and wrote material, it is not limited to only English class assignments.
4. Write reflections.
Write short essays that relate what you did to create the artifact to the Core Value you are illustrating. (See Artifacts & reflections for more detail.)
5. Create a draft portfolio and present it to your advisor for review.
(Click here for the basics of creating an online portfolio.) At the end of your Freshman Year (after you’ve completed 28 credit hours) schedule a meeting with your advisor to review what you have completed so far.
6. Finish major coursework.
Keep showing up, keep asking questions and keep working—you spend a very small amount of time in school, make the most of it.
7. Create final portfolio.
By midterm of the final semester of your degree program you are required to complete a Graduate Portfolio. You can replace or keep artifacts and reflections from the draft portfolio. One of the final requirements is to create a resume which will be included in the portfolio.
8. Submit to program adviser for review
Your program adviser is your major adviser and is the best person to ask for professional and educational advice within your field of study. They will review your portfolio and send it on for assessment by a team of Ancilla instructors and evaluators. Feedback will be provided to you via email.