In 2009, Westminster faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees, under the leadership of President Emeritus Michael S. Bassis, approved the five College-Wide Learning Goals (CWLG's). In 2011, we instituted the E-Portfolio Program to help students and faculty get the most out of their studies at Westminster.
The E-Portfolio program has undergone several changes since the inception of the program in 2011. The primary change is that the portfolios are no longer a campus-wide requirement. The faculty of individual schools, programs, or majors will decide if the E-Portfolio program is a relevant pedagogical tool for their field of study.
If your major program is using the E-Portfolio, you will be informed by your professors.
E-Portfolios are designed to help students:
- Reflect upon and appreciate their growth while at Westminster
- Identify gaps in their skill-set, and make plans to fill these gaps
- Practice expressing their skills, and describing what they can do
Changes Beginning Spring 2017
- First-year students: If your Learning Community requires you to do a Competency Portfolio, you will submit the URL to your professor.
- Sophomores and juniors: If your major uses the E-Portfolio, it will be assigned in a class.
- Seniors: If your major uses the E-Portfolio, it will be assigned, reviewed and graded in your senior capstone class.
E-Portfolios are for You
If you are a student,
- Your reflection statements will help you to learn about yourself, including what you consider your strengths and weaknesses, and your interests and passions.
- Your reflection statements will help you prepare for graduation. You will know how to describe what you can do, how you might help an organization succeed, or why you will be a successful graduate student.
What is an E-Portfolio?
An E-Portfolio is a collection of student work, organized by CWLG. In addition to the actual work, a reflection piece must be included, to show the connection between the work, the CWLG, and the student’s skills, abilities, and growth.
Student work can take many forms. It might be a writing assignment for a class. It might be a report on a service-learning project. It might be work produced during an internship or summer job. It could be a piece of artwork, or a video-clip of a speech or presentation.
In short, it can be almost anything that demonstrates a level of skill or achievement related to one of the CWLG’s. Regardless of the form or format of the work, we refer to the actual work as an artifact, or evidence.
The reflection piece is just as important as the actual artifact or evidence. It allows students to describe what they have learned, what they can do, and how they are building skills and abilities.
Why have College-Wide Learning Goals?
In 2009, faculty, administrators, and students studied what other colleges and universities were emphasizing in their curriculum. Additionally, we looked at what employers and graduate schools were looking for in applicants.
In general, we learned that certain skills were usually held to be more valuable than others, regardless of the kind of organization or field of study. While there will always be room for discussion about what skills are most important in today’s world, we are confident that the following five CWLG’s will be critical to living lives of continuous personal growth, professional success, and engaged citizenship.
The College-Wide Learning Goals
- Critical Thinking
- Global Responsibility