Documentation reflects familiarity with the theories central to the experience and supports the experiential statements in the narrative. Documentation may include certificates of workshop/seminar completion, letters from supervisors, and any other verifiable information sources that substantiate claims made in the narrative.
As much as possible, documentation should be copies of originals (i.e., not originals).
- Verification Letter. One of the most important forms of documentation can be a verification letter. A verification letter provides evidence that the learning that you have declared actually did occur and it affirms the qualitative nature of your experiences. It is not a credit recommendation or a personal letter of recommendation. The letter written will be public and will be seen by you and various faculty members. When seeking a verification letter, explain that you are seeking college CPL. Provide the following guidelines to the individual writing a letter for you:
- Use letterhead stationery
- Identify the positional relationship (e.g., supervisor), and give a description of the situation in which the learning and experiences occurred
- Give examples, wherever possible, of the standards used to evaluate performance (as it relates to the learning and experiences)
- Certificates of completion
- Newspaper articles (with pertinent sentences underlined)
- Exam reports
- Work samples
- Writing samples
- Job descriptions
- Course outlines or syllabi
- Reports and proposals written
- Performance and promotion evaluations