Adult and Continuing Education

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Portfolio Assessment

Baldwin Wallace began working with Prior Learning Assessment in 1978 when we offered our first portfolio class.

Since that time ...

  • More than 460 students have completed portfolios and earned credit through Prior Learning Assessment.
  • The College has awarded more than 6600 semester hours from many academic areas including business administration, communication, and computer science, to name a few.

Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio

Life/Learning Review

After completing 6 credits of course work at Baldwin Wallace, students are eligible to meet with a faculty member who will assist the student in determining if Portfolio Assessment is a viable option for them. Once this determination is made, the student enrolls in a two-credit Independent Study course to learn how to put together the portfolio of Prior Learning. Additionally, within the context of the Independent Study, the overseeing faculty member helps the student identify and evaluate the relationship between their experiential learning and the BW academic curriculum.

With the guidance and assistance of the instructor, students learn how to organize and evaluate their experiences into groups of knowledge and begin writing what will become a carefully articulated document of personal achievements that equate to college level learning.

Research and review are a significant part of the portfolio process.  In developing the portfolio, the student must illustrate a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter covered in each requested course, as well as substantiate the learning by providing appropriate documentation.  Once the portfolio is complete, it is submitted to the appropriate academic department for determination of credit. 

For more information, contact the Adult and Continuing Education Office at 440-826-2121 or if you are a prospective student please contact the Adult and Transfer Admission Office at 440-826-8012.


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