Portfolium partners with colleges and universities to help students connect learning with opportunity. Our full stack student success network helps millions of students from over 3,600 academic institutions prove their skills and launch their careers, while providing educators and employers with the tools they need to assess learning outcomes, build pathways, issue badges, and recruit talent.Learn About Student Success
Watch our Founder & CEO outline Portfolium's special history of launching student-centric technology to power full-stack student success
Proving the value of education
We're a mission-driven technology company based in beautiful downtown San Diego, California. We passionately deliver products and services connected to our one-of-a-kind ePortfolio network to empower and connect three key stakeholders: students, educators, and employers. Our team is made up of higher education professionals and faculty, recruitment technology experts, social networking pioneers, recent college graduates, and a former rocket scientist. At our core, we believe in the value of higher education, and we build products dedicated to demonstrating that value.
A journey of rocket science to student success
The idea began when Adam Markowitz graduated from UC San Diego in 2008 with a BS in Engineering. Adam spent the previous 4 years studying, doing homework and labs, writing papers, working on challenging team projects, volunteering with his fraternity, and working a part-time job. As he began interviewing for jobs, he realized all of this experience was being reduced down to a few bullet points and a GPA - and that's all that employers and applicant tracking systems (ATS) were using to gauge his potential.
Adam wanted employers to better understand his passion and abilities, so he made a portfolio to showcase all of the academic and extracurricular work he had accomplished in college, which included photos of various engineering clubs and projects. He brought this portfolio into job interviews and landed his dream job working as an aerospace engineer on NASA's Space Shuttle Program! Hiring managers said his portfolio proved his skills, how passionate he was, and how great a fit he'd be at the company - making the decision easier and faster for them (light bulb moment!)
Adam wanted to help every student across every major do the same, so his next launch after the Space Shuttle Program was the launch of Portfolium.
We define our culture by the values we embody each day
User-Comes-First Mindset: Although Portfolium is a network with multiple stakeholders, and we build and sell products for educators and employers, the users have always come first. Portfolium was founded on the promise of helping students and graduates bring their stories to life and shine a light on their individuality and potential. The word "Portfolium" is a combination of "portfolio" and "podium", symbolizing the user taking center stage under the spotlight. When making decisions, we always ask ourselves, "Is this in the best interest of our users?"See Our Core Values!
Serving more than 5,000,000 students and 40,000 educators from over 3,600 institutions in 18 countries
"Our Provost's office had multiple committees trying to tackle 3 key strategic initiatives: Badging, Assessment and Student Engagement. We were expecting to purchase 3 different technologies for this, but Portfolium came in and solved all three in one powerful, robust solution."
"Portfolium has the most user friendly design and functionality towards career readiness and matching. It also seamlessly connects with various products our students already use."
"Portfolium enabled us to meet key needs on campus, from Student Affairs to college-wide ePortfolios connecting curricular and co-curricular achievement in a lifelong learning profile that is marketable and accessible beyond the University."
"As a Blackboard Certified trainer and Social Media expert, I have never seen a quality product that helps students and employers and faculty in such a powerful way that integrates with our LMS. I have been searching for decades for an ePortfolio product that has all the features and connections that Portfolium has."
"In the first 12 months of the use of the platform, Georgia State students posted more than 115,000 artifacts of their work to their Portfolium pages, and in the process, they are regularly thinking about the competencies that they are acquiring and why it matters to potential employers."
"The real beauty of Portfolium isn't that it allows students to display their skills and achievements. It is that it allows them to extract meaning from curricular and co-curricular learning, and aids them in developing a vernacular for talking about their skills, experience, and competencies."
"The California State University is excited about its partnership with Portfolium, which represents another tool to help our students be successful while attending the University, as well as help them find jobs after they graduate. We also see this as another way to increase the opportunities for networking among our alumni."
"Portfolium provides the university the ability to forge a common language. Meaning, faculty can track learning outcomes, employers can search and match for learned skills, while career services helps students leverage this recognition. Without Portfolium, students are usually left to bridge all this stuff themselves, while universities continue to just build bigger silos."
Seamless integration with your LMS allows you to perform SLO and PLO assessment without any duplicate effort
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Create intentional digital pathways for students to travel along, earn badges, and stay motivated and engaged (completion with a purpose)
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