Beginning in the Fall 2011 semester, all new full-time undergraduate students will be required to create an electronic portfolio via Foliotek that shows their achievement of the college-wide learning goals (CWLGs). All transfer students who come to Westminster with fewer than 60 hours of credit and enroll after Fall Semester 2012 will also be required to create a portfolio focused on the college-wide learning goals.
Westminster believes that this system of portfolios will deepen student understanding of the college’s learning goals, help students integrate their learning from across the disciplines, help them see their academic and personal growth during their time at Westminster, and serve them in seeking employment or entrance to graduate school.
Portfolios will be submitted twice during a student’s time at Westminster—once at the end of the sophomore year and again at the mid-point of the senior year. The portfolio coordinator will ensure that all students have submitted portfolios in accordance with this schedule. Completion of the senior-level portfolio is a condition of graduation.
The sophomore portfolio is dedicated to orienting the student to the Westminster CWLGs and initiating the creation of a portfolio. Incoming students do this by demonstrating the portfolio competencies, developing their initial portfolio, and submitting it to the college. Within the first two semesters, students would be required to demonstrate portfolio competency. Students can do so in one of two ways: 1) attending an INTR 175 class in the spring semester of their first academic year at Westminster (1 credit semester-long seminar), designed to orient students toward the CWLGs and the portfolio process; or 2) by completing pre-approved activities related to the portfolio competencies such as workshops, online tutorials, multimedia studio work, or other activities. The INTR 175 courses are taught by faculty or staff with expertise in portfolios.
As students complete coursework and other campus experiences, they collect artifacts that demonstrate the CWLGs. Course syllabi assist the students in identifying artifacts deemed appropriate for the portfolio. Co-curricular activities that meet the CWLGs are also available for students. The portfolio contains the students’ preferred artifacts along with a reflection on the significance of the artifacts in their learning development and a clear description of how the artifacts demonstrate their learning.
At some point before reaching junior status (60 credit hours), students must submit their portfolios to the portfolio coordinator.
The senior portfolio involves continued development relative to the CWLGs and/or the development of program-specific goals (when applicable). All students completing a degree program at Westminster College are required to submit a portfolio prior to graduation that demonstrates their learning relative to the CWLGs.