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Prior Learning Assessment. www.ewu.edu/itds. History. Eastern Washington University has been awarding credit for Prior Learning through the Portfolio Assessment Program since Fall quarter 1979(Department of Interdisciplinary Studies) EWU has evaluated more than 2,000 portfolios

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History
  • Eastern Washington University has been awarding credit for Prior Learning through the Portfolio Assessment Program since Fall quarter 1979(Department of Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • EWU has evaluated more than 2,000 portfolios
    • Awarding on average 37 credits per portfolio
  • Program follows guidelines established by the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and continues to follow the 10 standards for quality assurance in assessing credits for career experiences (“Assessing Learning: Standards, Principles & Procedures”, Urban Whitaker, CAEL 1989)
prior learning credits
Prior Learning Credits

45 credits: maximum eligibility

Prior learning credit applied toward elective credits only—not general education core or upper division (300-499)

Credit is awarded in a block form and is designated with the Interdisciplinary Departmental (ITDS) prefix & number: ITDS 301

Students must have completed 30 EWU academic credits before the prior learning credits are officially transcribed

portfolio components
Portfolio Components

VOLUME #1

Vita

Training

Letters of Reference: 3 to 4

Learning Autobiography (Kolb Learning Cycle)

Bibliography: Professional & Personal

Goal Statement: Education, Career & Life

Degree Plan: Academic outline

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Portfolio Components

VOLUME #2

Documentation Index

All Documents(Referenced in Learning Autobiography)

Documentation:

Supports the claims made in Learning Autobiography

Clarifies, illustrates, reinforces, supports, validates, embellishes, exemplifies, enhances, verifies, examines, explores & expose

portfolio process
Portfolio Process

Adult learners meet with Director to review their experiential learning

Enrolls in ITDS 300(4cr) Portfolio Development course(Fall, Winter & Spring terms)

Students complete about 80% of Portfolio during the quarter enrolled in ITDS 300

Generally a 1.5 quarter project

When Portfolio meets ITDS standards, document is submitted to academic department, chair selects faculty evaluator

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Portfolio Process

EWU fee structure for Portfolio Assessment: Flat fee of $675, covers up to 45 credits (elective credit)

Pay faculty evaluators for assessment: $150 per portfolio

Portfolio assessment time, generally 1 quarter

faculty review portfolios for the following
Faculty Review Portfolios for the Following:

Learning outcomes

Discipline-specific competencies

Skills and abilities

Demonstrate proficiencies

Course/class equivalencies

Transferable skills

Career mobility and advancement

Training and professional development

Professional growth and education