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Portfolium Accreditation

Portfolium is a robust and beautifully designed platform to help document and organize a university's culture, objectives, and standards. It can foster a depth and breadth of connections among other institutions as well as within the institution itself, its programs, and its constituents, while providing an efficient means to reinforce shared visions and commitments to its mission. As university ePortfolio users begin to develop their profiles, collaboration and activities occur that bridge gaps between outcomes and strategic decision-making.

Portfolium can provide your institution or program with a system to document, track, manage, and display resources for accreditation purposes for current/past students and alumni. Begin documenting your campus outcomes with archiving that will enable your institution to:

  • Create visual roadmapping for continued and perpetual learning
  • Adhere to accreditation criteria
  • Prove competencies, skills, and stackable credentials
  • Track intelligent program and student learning outcomes
  • Showcase educational effectiveness in specific programs using self-curated rubrics
  • Export data that articulates the institution's mission, vision and goals
  • Demonstrate aligned compliance to approved criteria and standards
  • Create a fact-based culture supporting operations, decision-making, and planning

The institution ePortfolio is endorsed by the Higher Learning Commission/AQIP as a valid vehicle to display an institution's accreditation materials. Universities across the nation are using Portfolium to build out their cases for various accrediting bodies such as: AQIP/HLC, SACS, and specialized program accreditation agencies. Currently, universities are making the connection with displaying student learning strategies and outcomes, while providing an avenue for documentation relating to assessment, and institutional effectiveness.

An Integrated Faculty & Student Support Model

What is an ePortfolio Network?

Portfolios in higher education are not a new concept. Many universities have long been using portfolios to assess student work and review academic programs and curricula. In general terms, ePortfolios provide users with the digital tools to demonstrate their lifelong learning, skills, and development over time to selected audiences. Today, there is a growing need to migrate from paper-based portfolios to electronic portfolios as well as from legacy ePortfolio platforms to new ePortfolio networks.

These networks incorporate social and professional networking components that increase engagement, adoption and enthusiasm. Rather than a singular experience where a user essentially accesses a repository and has very little incentive to return at a later date, these networks keep users engaged with built-in features such as galleries, sub-networks, skills portals, as well as the common messaging features such as commenting, liking, sharing, and private messaging. The result is an academic graph that contains a very large amount of data for the partner institution to utilize in a number of capacities, including accreditation, employer relations, career services, alumni engagement, and academic affairs.

Why Portfolium?

Portfolium addresses an emerging need for students to have a digital network in which they can easily collect, build, manage, and reflect upon a digital archive of their academic and co-curricular work and activities. Within the academic graph, Portfolium solves a number of needs and use-cases. Students from a number of partner universities are currently using their Portfolium profiles to showcase their achievements, receive feedback and assessment from faculty, peers, potential employers and graduate programs.

In addition, they are utilizing the network as a whole to connect with other students, collaborate, discover skills and competencies and bridge the skills gap that currently exists between academia and the professional workforce. Portfolium's partner universities are using the platform to collect student work and assessment data for accreditation and marketing purposes, prospective recruitment of future students, and augmenting employer relations and engagement.

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The California State University is excited about it's 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...
Loren Blanchard

Loren Blanchard

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

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