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Credit by Portfolio Assessment

Earn credit by developing an electronic learning portfolio and submitting it for evaluation by a trained faculty member.

Learning portfolios are used to assess a student's level of knowledge when all other methods of CPL options have been exhausted. A learning portfolio is a collection of documents, supporting materials, and a corresponding narrative that documents an individual has met the student learning objectives for a single course. The contents of a learning portfolio have been accrued through the student's experiences such as community service, work, volunteering, independent-study, and traveling.

Portfolio students are responsible for including appropriate documentation of their learning and articulating what they have learned, how they learned it, and how that knowledge meets the course learning outcomes of the course for which they are requesting credit. The portfolio is created in CNM's online learning environment. Once complete, the electronic portfolio, or e-portfolio, is submitted to a trained CNM faculty member for assessment and credit award determination. 

Determine if Portfolio Assessment is Right for You

To help you decide if portfolio assessment is something that you would like to pursue, review the following questions:

  • Are you comfortable navigating through CNM's online learning environment?
  • Have you worked in your field for several years?
  • Are you able to explain and differentiate your learning from your experiences?
  • Have you attended several work-related trainings or professional development workshops? 
  • Do you feel like it would be redundant to take a specific course within your program because of what you have learned from your experiences?
  • Are you comfortable writing papers? (See below for an example portfolio learning narrative.)
  • Do you possess work products, other material evidence, or documentation that supports your level of knowledge for the course?
  • Can you demonstrate that you currently have the knowledge and skills of the course for which you would like to earn credit?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, portfolio assessment may be an appropriate way for you to earn credit for your prior learning experiences. 

e-Portfolio Process

Step 1 - Search for and review the Course Learning Outcomes for the course in which you would like to build an e-portfolio to ensure you are able to show a faculty member your level of knowledge and ability to meet each.

Step 2 - Complete an Advisor Intake Form, linked below the course listings for each school. Submit your request for e-portfolio assessment through the school-specific request link, attaching your completed Advisor Intake Form, no later than the end of the second week of the term.

Step 3 - If approved, you will receive permission and instructions for enrolling in the non-credit CPLP 2097 - Independent Study CPL e-Portfolio Course through your CNM email address.

Step 4 - Register for the course number that is provided in the e-portfolio approval email. (Your student account will be charged the $125.00 assessment and processing fee at the time you register.)

Step 5 - Develop your e-portfolio in the self-paced, online course through CNM Brightspace.  

Step 6 - Submit the completed e-portfolio to your assigned faculty assessor for evaluation by the due date.

* Please note that some courses may require a follow-up interview or skills-based demonstration after the portfolio is assessed to ensure that all course learning outcomes have been met. The faculty assessor will contact you to schedule these and must be completed by the end of the term. If a particular course has an additional requirement, it will be noted below the course listing.

Portfolio Assessment Deadlines

Requests for portfolio assessment are only allowed up to the second week of each term. However, you are encouraged to submit your request as soon as possible in order to start creating your e-portfolio at the start of the term to allow for the maximum amount of time to complete it. Students who complete their e-portfolio before the submission deadline are welcome to submit early.

Term Request Deadline Submission Deadline Maximum Time to Complete
Fall 2020 September 14, 2020 November 29, 2020 12 weeks
Spring 2021 January 25, 2021 April 11, 2021 12 weeks
Summer 2021 May 31, 2021 July 25, 2021 10 weeks

* Portfolio assessment is not allowed during your final term to ensure graduation is not delayed.

 **Holidays may affect these deadlines.

Courses Available for Portfolio Assessment

The following is a list of courses for which portfolio assessment is currently available by the school that offers the course. Click on the plus sign (+) to expand each list.

School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)
  • ACCT 2170 – Payroll Accounting (3 Cr)
  • BUSA 1130 – Business Professionalism (3 Cr)
  • CIS 1275 – C++ Programming I (3 Cr)
  • CIS 1715 - Overview of Web Technologies (3 Cr)
  • CIS 1730 - Web Publishing (3 Cr)
  • CIS 2763 - Web Programming Framework (3 Cr)
  • ENTR 1110 - Entrepreneurship (3 Cr)
  • ENTR 2110 - Small Business Management (3 Cr)
  • MGMT 2110 – Principles of Management (3 Cr)

If you would like to request Credit by e-Portfolio for any of these BIT courses:

  1. Download and complete the School Advisor Intake Form, and
  2. Upload your completed form to your Submission Request to the School of Business and Information Technology (BIT).
School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)
  • ANTH 2290 - Anthropology Practicum (variable credit hours)
    • Students will be required to complete an interview with the Faculty Assessor, in addition to creating and submitting their e-portfolio. This will be scheduled by the Faculty Assessor.
  • ENGL 1210 – Technical Communications (3 Cr)
  • ENGL 2210 – Professional and Technical Communication (3 Cr)

If you would like to request Credit by e-Portfolio for any of these CHSS courses:

  1. Download and complete the School Advisor Intake Form, and
  2. Upload your completed form to your Submission Request to the School of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences.
School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)
  • BPCS 1092 – Basic Patient Care Skills (1 Cr)
  • CHW 1190 - Community Health Worker (1 Cr)
    • Students will be required to complete an interview with the Faculty Assessor, in addition to creating and submitting their e-portfolio. This will be scheduled by the Faculty Assessor.
  • HIT 1020 – Medical Terminology and Anatomy (3 Cr)
  • PT 1011 – Introduction to Pharmacy Technician (3 Cr)
  • PT 1316 – Pharmacy Technician Pharmacology I (3 Cr)
  • PT 1710 – Intermediate Pharmacy Technician (3 Cr)
  • PT 1716 – Pharmacy Technician Pharmacology II (3 Cr)
  • PT 2010 – Pharmacy Technician Professionalism (3 Cr)
  • PT 2016 – Pharmacy Technology Pharmacology III (3 Cr)
  • PT 2090 – Pharmacy Technician Clinical (3 Cr)

If you would like to request Credit by e-Portfolio for any of these HWPS courses:

  1. Download and complete the School Advisor Intake Form, and
  2. Upload your completed form to your Submission Request to the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

If you do not see a course listed for which you would like to develop an e-portfolio, you may still submit a request below. Make sure to include the course abbreviation, number, and title in your request. Please note that you may have to wait until the following term to register.

e-Portfolio Assessment Fees

Students approved to register for the non-credit CPLP 2097 - Independent Study CPL e-Portfolio course will be charged $125.00 on their CNM account upon registration. This fee is charged only for the processing of your request and for the final assessment. Payment of the fee does not guarantee credit award. Please note that Credit for Prior Learning fees are non-refundable. If you do not complete or submit your portfolio or do not earn credit, you will not receive a refund.

Example Portfolio Learning Narrative

Students who chose to develop a learning portfolio will be required to write a narrative that shows how they have met the student learning outcomes of the course for which they are creating it. Click on the following link to see an example of a learning narrative.

Request e-Portfolio Assessment for a Course Not Listed Above

If you would like to request credit by portfolio assessment for a course that is not listed above, please submit a general Request for e-Portfolio Assessment to the CPL Program. If your request is accepted, please note that you may have to wait until the following term to register.