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Portfolio Assessment

The call for higher standards and tougher testing are louder than ever, and Robertstown University answers that call!

We believe that students at all levels should be doing more than studying for tests, and that educators should be doing more than teaching to tests. Robertstown University offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, and Master and Doctorate degrees in a wide range of fields, including business,  technology, arts and sciences.

We believe that the portfolio assessment process allows students to take a more diversified and active role in the learning process, and provides an opportunity for a wider variety of learning while maintaining high standards.

Portfolio assessment represents a profound shift in attitudes about the role of evaluation in education. Educators who use this strategy have shifted their emphasis away from comparisons of achievement (grades, percentile rankings, test scores) and toward recognition of whole learning, measurement of prior learning and improving student achievement through evaluative feedback and self-reflection.

Robertstown University’s portfolio assessment program is extremely effective, combining measurement of existing knowledge, recommendation of supplemental instruction, and testing.

Experience gain through careers and independent study can be converted into college credits to apply toward your degree!

Apply for a FREE ASSESSMENT of your knowledge gained through:

  • Full or part-time careers

  • Reading and research

  • Training programs/Seminars

  • Volunteer work

  • Hobbies, Cultural and Artistic pursuits

  • Recreational pastimes and Sports

  • Religious or Community activities

  • Military

  • Travel

  • Clubs/Memberships

Robertstown University evaluates and awards academic credits for prior experiential learning based on guidelines recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE), New York Board of Regents Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI), Council for Advancement of Experiential Learning (CAEL), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education (DANTE), American College Testing (ACT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and all recognized credit sources. 

 

Outcome-Based Assessment

Assessment involves setting a criteria and standard for the qualification of acceptance of prior learning for conversion to college credit to be applied toward the completion of a degree program. Furthermore, assessment is the process of gathering and analyzing and measuring the information evidencing the applicant’s knowledge levels as compared to those expected of a college graduate.

 

At the University assessment starts with the review of the applicant’s prior learning experience, as a fundamental piece of the pedagogical philosophy of the Institute. We work with our applicants in identifying life experiences and prior learning experiences that constitute evidence of accomplishments and performance directly relevant to the requirements of our different programs. As an outcome-based model, we focus our attention on the evidence presented by the applicant in order to grant credit units for prior learning.

 

As a way to ensure assessment quality, our assessment practice involves, among other features, the following:

 

  • Reliance on faculty to determine the mission, goals, objective and assessment priorities.

  • Guidelines in the collection of data and measurement for assessment purposes.

  • Immediate feedback to the University applicants regarding the results of the assessment

  • Make recommendations for alternative methods to meet qualifying requirements in those areas where their prior learning did not meet the criteria for conversion to credits within our programs such as the completion of assignments, courses, research, etc.

 

Taxonomy

 

This is a widely used description of levels of educational objectives. Consider these areas to define (faculty) and/or interpret (students) the requirements for each of the courses of the programs at the University:

 

Level Cognitive Behaviors

Knowledge

Know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles, and theories.

Comprehension

Understand, interpret, compare, contrast, and explain

Application

Apply knowledge to new situations and to solve problems

Analysis

Identify organizational structure, relationships, & organize principles

Synthesis

Integrate ideas into solutions, actions and form classifications

Evaluation

Judge quality based on its adequacy, value, logic, or use.

                                             

Assessment Strategies

 

There are different points at which assessment will be part of the process towards graduation for applicants at the University.

 

The first instance is the assessment of prior learning, which takes place as part of the process of application and affects the University students in very positive ways. After reviewing the guidelines, the advisor will confer with the university academic evaluation team to translate qualifying prior learning into specific credits to be counted towards graduation of the student in question.

   

Assessment Sequence

 

These are general principles for conducting assessment.

  • Apply online for a FREE ASSESSMENT   

  •  It is rare, but occasionally applicants qualify using through assessment alone (Pre-Approval). But, more often additional credit is required which can be earned through instructions/guidelines provided by the Assigned Professor. (Conditional Approval).

  •  Applicants will be emailed a notice of either Pre-Approval or Conditional Approval. If the applicant receives Pre-Approval he/she will be give directions for acceptance and payment of graduation fees.

  • If the applicant receives a Conditional Approval, he/she will also receive details about the ways to proceed to meet the desired degree graduation requirements. 

  • The applicant’s evaluation results will be assessed and validated by the assigned Professors and an evaluation result report will be emailed.

  • Only after the applicant has received the required credits and has satisfied all requirement for graduation and has paid all tuition and fees graduation fee the degree may be granted.

  • If the applicant’s scores and assessment do not meet the number of credits required, his/her assigned Professors will suggest courses, alternative learning sources and/or supplemental submissions to complete the graduation requirements.

  • Professors and Advisors are available at all times to help the applicant to succeed.

If the student’s assessment has determined that he/she has earned credits through experience and/or prior learning the submission of research assignments, coursework, and exams for those courses already mastered will not be required.

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