Overview & Checklist

A Portfolio is an option available to all Undergraduate UWGB students.

Any undergraduate UWGB student who has experience and learning equivalent to college level learning may be awarded degree credit for that learning. The Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) process requires the learning to be related to courses or programs at UWGB. Faculty members use the Portfolio process and individual assessment to decide whether and how much credit a student can receive for prior learning. The faculty does not award credit for experience; instead, the faculty awards credit for learning acquired from experiencesA student cannot earn academic credit for previous education or life experiences for which credit has already been earned or transferred from another institution. If you have previously taken a course and did poorly in it, you cannot complete a Portfolio to try and improve the grade.

A Portfolio is a collection of written evidence supporting a student’s claim of prior learning. Sometimes faculty members will interview students and/or give exams when they need additional information to substantiate the request.

The portfolio should contain everything in the Checklist:

  1. “Request for Credit for Prior Learning” which there are 2 options: paper/pencil or electronic.  See the Procedures for Creation page for the links.
  2. An Abstract summarizing the contents of your Portfolio
  3. Résumé
  4. Current UWGB transcript (unofficial)
  5. Prior Learning Narrative
  6. Faculty mentors may request students include an Annotated Bibliography or Works Cited if appropriate for the portfolio or the credit granted. An annotated bibliography is a comparative and critical discussion of books and articles that you have read.
  7. Documentation

Faculty members control the awarding of Prior Learning credit based on their judgment about what learning is acceptable. Each Portfolio request is evaluated first by a faculty member qualified in that area, and then approved by the unit chairperson.