The portfolio assignment is an analysis of the student’s experiences in the Student Affairs master’s program through presentation of:
- A reflective paper
Portfolios are created in consultation with the HG ED 598 instructors and the student’s major professor, and the final portfolio will be shared with the student’s POS committee at the final orals meeting. The portfolio is organized according to the Student Affairs learner outcomes.
Three categories of learner outcomes will be used in the portfolio:
- What students will know at the end of the program
- What students will be at the end of the program
- What students will do at the end of the program
Students will review the learner outcomes and assemble artifacts and documents that demonstrate development of their professional knowledge base, dispositions, and accomplishments. Materials will be arranged logically and displayed in a manner of the student’s choosing (for example, website notebook, folders).
Artifacts represent the student’s work in a variety of settings: the classroom, assistantships, practicum settings, professional organizations, and local leadership. The artifacts should be organized in a logical fashion and in a manner that emphasizes attractive display and easy location of individual artifacts. Artifacts from the portfolio assignment can be used as a valuable reference for interactions with prospective employers, and students are encouraged to assemble documents in a way that will complement their conference placement and job search activities.
Artifacts may include (but are not limited to):
- Papers submitted for class assignments (appropriately revised to reflect your best work)
- Outlines of programs or presentations (for example, class, conference, assistantship, practicum)
- Photographs or graphics
- Assessment materials developed and/or utilized (for example, surveys, focus group materials)
- Web site or electronic media developed
- Papers submitted for publication
- Newsletter or journal articles
- Copies of awards or citations
The format for the reflective paper is:
- 25-30 pages
- APA format
The content discusses the student’s learning with respect to at least five individual learner outcomes and with reference to the assembled artifacts. The five individual learner outcomes selected must represent the three outcome categories: know, be, do. [do these outcomes align with the new NASPA outcomes?]
The organization of the paper includes the following:
Introduction: Student provides an introductory section that states the purpose of the paper and its organization.
Body: Student introduces each learner outcome and a description of the student’s learning in this area with reference to applicable artifacts contained in the portfolio. (Although the artifacts will accompany the paper, students should not assume that readers will read the referenced artifacts.) Within the paper, the student summarizes all referenced artifacts and clearly makes a case linking each activity (represented by the artifact) with the selected learning outcome.
Summary: The paper should end with an overall summary of the student’s learning as well as his or her conclusions regarding learning opportunities available through the master’s program. The reflective paper portion of the portfolio assignment will likely not be used during the student’s job search. However, this paper will provide a shared basis for the final oral examination and will prepare students for completing the professional development plan.