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. There are three E-Portfolios:
- The Competency E-Portfolio—Now Voluntary (for First-Year Students—Due March 1)
- The Midpoint E-Portfolio—Now Voluntary (for Sophomores—Due March 15)
- The Final E-Portfolio—Required for 2016—2017 (for Seniors—Due March 31)
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: Competency portfolios are no longer required. They are now optional. If a student completes a Competency Portfolio by March1, they will receive feedback from a professor, staff member or Student E-Portfolio Mentor.
- Sophomores: Midpoint portfolios are no longer required. They are now optional. If a student completes the Midpoint portfolio by March 15, they will receive feedback from a professor, staff member, or Student E-Portfolio Mentor.
- Seniors: There are no changes for Seniors for the 2016–17 academic year. If seniors do not do a Final Portfolio as assigned in their capstone class, they must submit their Final Portfolio on the E-Portfolio 2017 Canvas site.
Changes Beginning Fall 2017
- All E-Portfolio entries will be removed from degree audits.
- Competency and Midpoint Portfolios will continue to be optional, with feedback provided.
- Final (Senior) Portfolios will no longer be a campus-wide requirement. Each major or program will determine if and how E-Portfolios will be used for their students.
- The E-Portfolio website and Canvas site will remain in place, for those students and programs who continue to use them.
Hours and Location
The E-Portfolio Lab is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, with a few exceptions, and is located in the Basis Center for Student Learning. There will be a Student E-Portfolio Mentor on duty to help you. The phone number for the E-Portfolio desk is 801 832 2050.
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, analytical and integrative thinking
- Creative and reflective capacities
- Leadership, collaboration, and teamwork
- Writing and other communication skills
- Global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness