Experiential Learning Portfolio

Students may earn up to 30 units of University credit for college-level learning which is documented through the satisfactory preparation of Experiential Learning Portfolios. Such learning must:

  1. Have occurred after the student’s completion of secondary school
  2. Have occurred at least one year prior to the creation of the portfolio

A student is required to enroll in ENGL 3442 Critical Inquiry and Reflective Writing to prepare the Portfolio. In the Experiential Learning Portfolio a student documents the learning situation, describes and analyzes the learning experience, and demonstrates the knowledge and practical skill competencies as required by the awarding academic department(s).

University credit is granted only for college-level learning (minimum ‘C’ level of proficiency) which links the prior learning experience with the theoretical constructs of the appropriate academic discipline. Credit for experiential learning cannot be awarded for duplicate courses completed through other learning sources. Prior to enrolling in ENGL 3442, a student must meet with an academic advisor to determine the applicability of Portfolio units within the student’s degree plan, confirm the availability of evaluators, and discuss the proposed topic areas. No guarantee regarding the availability of Portfolio evaluators is made. Evaluation is dependent on departmental resources.

A student may complete two submissions of the Experiential Learning Portfolio. The first is prepared in ENGL 3442. The instructor reviews the Portfolio, awards a grade for the course, and forwards the Portfolio for evaluation by the appropriate Dominican University faculty. Up to 30 units of academic credit (usually 1-3 units per portfolio) is awarded by course number, title and academic department and may be lower or upper division. The proficiency units earned through Portfolio may be applicable as electives and for some General Education areas.

The second Portfolio submission may be prepared independently or in conjunction with an optional course, ENGL 3443 Portfolio Redevelopment. The second submission may include new experiential learning essays or revisions of essays as recommended by the evaluator(s) of the original essays.

It is recommended that a student planning to use the Portfolio process enroll in ENGL 3442 at least three semesters prior to expected graduation. This gives sufficient time for the preparation and evaluation of two portfolio submissions.

Experiential Learning Credit is posted to the student’s transcript as proficiency units after the student has completed the 30-unit residency requirement.

Eligibility for the courses ENGL 3442/3443 and for the Experiential Learning and Assessment program require that students have a minimum of six years of life experience since completing high school and completion of ENGL 1004 Expository Writing or an equivalent.

Approved Areas for Experiential Learning Essays

For discussion of how life experience can be incorporated into a specific topic area, please contact the Director of Prior Learning Assessment.

Anthropology Languages
Anthropology Language Translations
Art/Art History Music and Performing Arts
Art Portfolios Composition
Art History Dance Performance Past or Present
Art Historical Subjects Drama Performance Past or Present
Employment Experience at Art Historical Settings Music Performance
Ensemble Work
Biology Philosophy
Biology Ethics
Cancer Logical/Critical Thinking
Female-Male Physiology, Sexuality and Sociology Philosophy
Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases
Business Psychology
Business Counseling and Communication
Employee and Labor Relations Death and Dying
Employee Development and Training Parenthood
Inventory Control Psychoactive Drugs: Use, Misuse, and Abuse
Merchandising Psychology of Personal Trauma and Crisis
Negotiation and Mediation Psycho-Social Aspects of Abuse
Office Management Psycho-Social Dimensions of Aging
Organization Development and Change Small Group Interaction
Personal and Family Finance  
Personnel Administration Religion
Production/Operations Management Christian or Catholic Theology
Property Management Cross-Cultural Study of Religion
Small Business Management Religion
Supervision Selected Topics in Biblical Studies
Theory and Practice of Sales  
Communications Social and Cultural Studies
Communications/Journalism Cultural Anthropology
  Interpersonal and Sociological Aspects of Family and Marriage
Education and Teaching Social and Cultural Studies
Education and Teaching Sociology of American Multiculturalism
  Sociology of American Subculture
Health Sciences Sociology of Sport
Health and Wellness Sociology of Volunteer Organizations
Stress Management and Effective Coping Women and Work
Job-Related Project in History
Participation in an Historical Event