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The Writing Portfolio is an assessment that undergraduate UCCS students complete in order to demonstrate writing competency. Part of this assessment is to understand how students are writing after they take their core writing courses. The Writing Portfolio is an individual assessment of student writing, but aggregated results are also used as data for college accreditation and university evaluation.
You will need to submit your portfolio once you have earned 60 credit hours and at least 2 semesters before you plan to graduate. Summer counts as a semester. If you earned a four-year degree prior to the degree you are currently earning, you do not need to complete the Writing Portfolio.
Yes. If you miss your window to turn in the Writing Portfolio, or if you think you might better benefit from additional work on your writing, you may choose to complete another writing course instead of submitting a portfolio. Students may meet the competency requirement by completing either ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3080. Students who do not pass the Writing Portfolio are required to pass either ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3080 with a C or better.
You need at least 2 papers for your Writing Portfolio submission. Papers may be academic, professional, technical, and/or scientific. We require that the papers you submit are each at least 4 pages in length. Make sure that any outside (secondary) sources are acknowledged and cited in the paper, even if the original assignment did not require formal citation. Choose a documentation style that is appropriate for your discipline (MLA, APA, Chicago, ASME, etc.) and include a Works Cited page. At least one of your submission papers must incorporate outside sources. If you don't know which papers to submit, or if you feel you just don't have any papers to submit, stop in and see us during our office hours. We can help you make some decisions.
Yes. One of your submissions may be a group project. Highlight the portion of the paper that you wrote so that the portfolio scorers can evaluate that section. Make sure you have written at least 4 pages of the paper.
Ideally, you will submit papers that you have written for UCCS courses. However, the portfolio office will accept one paper in transfer. For more information about this, email the office or stop by during office hours.
The Writing Center can offer you guidance about revising your Writing Portfolio papers. Their consultants are trained to help you revise your writing for clarity, source integration, and organization. These are the same components that scorers will use to evaluate your Writing Portfolio once you turn it in. For information about their services, go to their website. While helpful in your revision process, visiting the Writing Center does not guarantee that your portfolio will pass.
Portfolio papers are read by faculty across the university. Your writing will be evaluated across 5 categories, including Rhetorical Strategy & Purpose, Critical Thinking, Organization, Source Use, and Language.
Your score will be posted on Blackboard once your portfolio has been processed. It should be available within a few days following the month you submit, if not earlier.
Note: On or before the 1st of the month corresponding to your section of PORT 3000, instructions will be sent to your UCCS email account. At this time, the Blackboard link for your section will become available to you. By the 5th of the same month, upload your portfolio to Blackboard, using the steps below.