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The PELA portfolio is a written account of what you have learned and how well you have learned it. The learning outcomes of the prior learning experience must be comparable to those of a specific course in the curriculum at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
If you have had significant experiences outside the classroom for which you have achieved learning outcomes comparable to those of a specific course at the College of Saint Elizabeth, and for which you can provide documentation, you may want to discuss your eligibility with your advisor and program director.
Typically, those eligible are graduate students and continuing studies students with significant prior work experience.
Credits earned through the portfolio process may not transfer to another college program at CSE or to another institution, subject to the review of the program or institution.
Capstones are not eligible for the PELA Portfolio process.
Take inventory of your history, particularly as it relates to professional experience, training, and expertise to determine if you have:
One way to begin is to prepare an informal learning resume – a chronological list of your jobs and other learning experiences which may include:
You may have substantial non-job experiences from which you have acquired knowledge:
To be considered for college credit, prior learning must:
You may earn a maximum of 12 credits as an undergraduate or continuing education student enrolled in a degree program or nine credits as a graduate student through the PELA portfolio.
Applicants may submit a portfolio for assessment after they have been accepted to CSE and are enrolled in classes. Students must be enrolled in a declared degree or licensure program at CSE.
The portfolio components:
Note: The student should keep a copy of the PELA Portfolio since the copy submitted is retained by the College.
Evidence or documentation verifies that you have the knowledge and skill that you identify in your narrative.
Some examples of documentation:
Weak sources of documentation, which should be avoided include:
You may need to provide letters which confirm that you have indeed done and learned what you outlined. Such letters may come from former employers, supervisors, teachers—anyone who has been in a position to know you and judge your work.
Specify what knowledge you want documented, because only documentation that verifies learning can be used to support your claims as to what you know. The letter writer should:
Submit the letter on official letterhead
A word of caution about documentation: Use only those pieces of evidence which are directly connected to your credit request. The relevance of the documentation is much more important than the quantity. Portfolios filled with bits and pieces of scrapbook-type items are not appropriate.
The student obtains the PELA Portfolio Guidelines and PELA Registration Form.
It is recommended that the student schedule a meeting with Academic Advisor, Course of Study Coordinator/Program Chair to determine if prior learning is applicable to the specific course and the established leaning outcomes in that course.
The student begins the process of completing the official PELA Registration Form which requires the approval of the Program Chair/Course of Study Coordinator and the Area Chair. The PELA Registration Form must be completed as outlined with adherence to the established process and timelines.
Note: The established per-course nonrefundable fee of $350.00 must be paid to the Bursar's Office when the application has been approved by the Area Chair.
A copy of the approved application is sent to the student. At that time, student will be assigned a Faculty Evaluator by the Course of Study Coordinator/ Program Chair. The portfolio must be completed within 60 calendar days following the date of approval and payment made to the Bursar's Office.
The student submits the portfolio to the Faculty Evaluator as directed.
The Faculty Evaluator evaluates the portfolio based on the learning outcomes established for the specific course, evaluates the appropriateness of the documentation, and decides to award credit, not award credit, or request additional information from the student. The additional information could consist of an interview, and examination, more documentation, or a performance evaluation. The student has up to 30 calendar days to comply with this request.
The Faculty Evaluator notifies the Program Chair/Coordinator of the results of the portfolio assessment. The Faculty Evaluator forwards the application to the Course of Study Coordinator/Program Chair who may review the portfolio, signs and dates the application and forwards to the Area Chair for their approval and signature. The Area Chair will then forward the application to the Registrar.
A portfolio will be denied credit if you have not:
View the PELA Form or review the PELA Checklist of the steps required to complete a prior learning portfolio assessment followed by the application. It is necessary to follow the steps required in sequence.