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Portfolio

Credit for Prior Learning is awarded through the creation of a portfolio that documents significant learning experiences throughout the student’s life and provides detailed analysis of some of those experiences. Students complete their first portfolio and learn how to complete more by enrolling in AST 305/501 Prior Learning Portfolio Development.

The Portfolio includes:

Chronological Learning Record – A list of 20-25 adult learning experiences that discusses what you did and what you learned.

Autobiographical Essay – A 5-7 page memoir of your life, focused on who you are as a “learner.”

Educational Goals Statement - A 1-2 page statement of what your current, short-term, and long-term goals are for your education (what you wish to achieve and how you wish to use it).

Narrative Essay – A 12-15 page essay about a significant learning experience from your life. You will be expected to discuss the experience in terms of whether it provided college-level learning and analyze it within the context of defined educational goals known as the AST Goal areas. Students analyze their learning through the perspective of three of the following six AST Goal areas:

  • Career Education
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Engaged Citizenship
  • Personal Growth
  • Self-Directed and Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Theory/Practice

Students who seek to use AST 305/501 to satisfy their ECCE Engagement requirement MUST select Engaged Citizenship as one of their three AST Goal areas.

Documentation – A form of third party documentation that provides evidence for the experience you cite. This can be documentation from the time or a letter of confirmation from your workplace (or wherever your experience occurred).