Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP) Orientation
You may not have been in a classroom for a while, but you have never stopped learning. Your professional and community activities are valuable. The portfolio program allows you to translate your real-life learning into college credit. You may earn up to 30 credits by demonstrating college-level learning in one or more of the following academic disciplines: behavioral sciences, communication, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and five special topics.
If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Administration, or a Bachelor of Public Administration, the portfolio is optional. If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services administration, the portfolio is a requirement for graduation.
Thousands of PACE students have completed portfolios and considered this experience time and cost effective as well as personally rewarding. Here is what three students said about their portfolio experience:
"You know, it sort of gave me more pep in my step and actually gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride. It also made me realize how marketable I am. It did a lot of things for me but it really gave me a sense of empowerment."
"It really made me stop and think. It reinforced my belief in myself. I tend to get so caught up in everyday situations that I forget that I ever did something, you know, fifteen years ago. I think the portfolio is one of the most rewarding pieces of work that I have ever done."
"The insight gained from [my] portfolio helped me to see, as the slogan goes, ‘You’ve come a long way baby’! in my accomplishments, achievements, [and] my development. A degree with a portfolio makes you assess your professional life; without a portfolio, you just know your academic strengths, but you don’t know your professional strengths."
The Portfolio is the most popular option to gain experiential learning credits, however, please see the Assessment of Prior Learning Fact Book for other credit options offered by PACE (summary in Chart below).