What is a Portfolio?

A portfolio is simply a collection of work that you have already done assembled to serve a specific purpose.

What is the purpose of this portfolio?

This project should allow you to reflect upon the adjustments that you have made since coming to TAMU-CC which will help you to be successful in this academic environment. Your goal should be to convince me that you have made the necessary changes to succeed this semester, and throughout your time at this University.

What goes in a Portfolio?

A Portfolio generally has two components: the Evidence and the Reflective Overview.

The Evidence includes representations of actual experiences (assignments, test-grades, notes, study sessions, classes, meetings, books, receipts, contracts, etc.) which are chosen to support the purpose of the portfolio. You are responsible for selecting evidence that you think best demonstrates your performance, your learning, and/or your development as a first year student. Evidence may come from Seminar and other classes as well as life outside the classroom. The Evidence should not be additional work created specifically for the Portfolio, but rather photographs, scans, or links to websites representing things you have already experienced this semester.

The Reflective Overview is a formal essay which guides me through your Portfolio. It should have an intro, conclusion, and transitions as expected of a major piece of college-level writing. In addition to providing structure and flow, the Reflective Overview should describe each piece of evidence and explain why it was chosen. Describe the experience represented, what you have learned from that experience, and how this demonstrates that you are making the choices necessary to be successful.

Here is more information about the Reflective Overview in general.

How do I turn in my Portfolio?

For this assignment, your entire portfolio will be electronic and must be submitted as a single Microsoft Word document (including photos as evidence) uploaded to BlackBoard.

Is there anything specific that I need to include?

Yes, I have a couple requests for the beginning and end of the Reflective Overview. At the beginning of the Portfolio, perhaps just after or as part of your introduction, please reflect on your personal and academic goals (for this semester, this year, or all of college--whatever works best for you. Include the list of goals, and also a reflection on what they mean to you, why they are important, or how they fit into your life plan. This will help me establish a framework for your expectations and definition of 'success'.

Towards the end of the Reflective Overview, please include a self-assessment telling me what grade you think you have earned on this Portfolio, and WHY!

Also, somewhere in the Portfolio, please include a picture of yourself (with your face clearly visible and identified if it is a group photo) so that I know who I am reading about! I will try my best to learn everyone's names, but I promise there will be a couple names and faces that I still cannot match by mid-semester.

Of course these are just the minor requirements. The major focus should be reflecting on experiences which demonstrate that you are making the choices and/or adjustments necessary to succeed academically. It is up to you to choose which learning experiences you will reflect upon. I recommend including evidence of at least five different experiences and one substantial paragraph per experience.

I will grade your Portfolio based on these criteria. Please review the expectations carefully before submitting your Portfolio to ensure that you have satisfied each requirement.