BS Business Administration Credit for Life

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Portfolio Development

Portfolio development is an evaluation process that allows you to earn college credit by documenting and describing your life and work experiences. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: job experiences, non-transferable course work, participation in workshops and seminars, relevant volunteer activities, and use of self-help materials. Such experiences must be related to specific UW-Platteville courses in accounting, business administration, communication, computer science, economics, industrial studies, or speech.

You may attempt to earn college credit through the portfolio process only if

  • You have been admitted to UW-Platteville
  • You are seeking a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at a distance
  • You submit a detailed résumé
  • You receive approval for registration in the course

Creating Your Detailed Résumé

Your résumé for portfolio screening should be comprehensive and more detailed than a résumé you would prepare for a job search. To help you remember experiences to include on your résumé, see Courses For Which College Credit Can Be Granted, or contact the Distance Learning Center at 800.362.5460 to receive a copy.

Use concise phrases to describe details about your

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Supervisory experience
  • Training as demonstrated in various jobs
  • Relevant volunteer activities
  • Non-transferable coursework
  • Work-related or community based training or workshops you completed, including the number of hours devoted to each topic

You do not need to include any formal academic training already listed on your official transcripts.

Review of Your Résumé

A faculty member who is experienced in portfolio assessment will review your résumé to estimate the number and types of courses for which you may earn credit for your life experience.

If the faculty member can identify at least three courses that you can challenge to receive credit for life experience, your enrollment in BUSADMIN 4950 Portfolio Development will be approved. You can discuss the results of your résumé review with your academic advisor.

As you progress through Portfolio Development, you may discover that you are eligible to pursue credit for additional courses. You can discuss the possibility with your course instructor.

BUSADMIN 4950 Portfolio Development

  • BUSADMIN 4950 Portfolio Development is a 3-credit pass/fail course that will count as an upper-division general elective requirement.
  • Tuition and a portfolio assessment fee are due upon enrollment. A transcripting fee will be assessed later for credits earned.
  • You may complete BUSADMIN 4950 only once. Discuss the best time to enroll in the course with your advisor. You will want to earn as many credits as possible to count toward graduation. Each student’s situation is unique. Your BUSADMIN 4950 instructor and your academic advisor can provide assistance.
  • The portfolio process is rigorous. You will earn credits based on the merit of your work in the course.

Policies and Procedures

  1. All life and work experiences must have occurred prior to completing BUSADMIN 4950 Portfolio Development. The experiences must match, in large part, the course content of the UW-Platteville course(s) listed in Courses For Which College Credit Can Be Granted. This list is only intended to provide guidance regarding the courses you might be able to challenge through the portfolio development process. It is not an official list and is subject to change without prior notice. Academic departments may change course titles or descriptions, add new courses, or stop offering existing courses. You will discuss which courses will be most appropriate for you to challenge with your portfolio instructor.
  2. You must be admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, be registered for BUSADMIN 4950 Portfolio Development, and have paid tuition and the portfolio assessment fee to be eligible to write a portfolio of prior life and work experience. You may register for BUSADMIN 4950 Portfolio Development only if you have submitted a detailed résumé that has been evaluated by a faculty member experienced with the portfolio. Your résumé may be reviewed before admission to the university.
  3. An instructor will be assigned to work with you in the portfolio development process. You will receive a course manual that explains the process in detail after you register for BUSADMIN 4950 Portfolio Development.
  4. You must submit a description and documentation for each experience used to challenge individual courses. This challenge includes a description of the experiences, a list of learning outcomes derived from the described experiences, and documentation to prove that the experience occurred
    Credit will be granted only for experiences that can be documented adequately.
  5. Your course challenge documentation will be evaluated by a UW-Platteville faculty member who teaches that course. That faculty member will determine the number of credits (0-3) you will be awarded for that particular course.
  6. If partial credit is granted for a required course, you must complete the remaining partial credit(s) during the next enrollment period; otherwise you may lose the portfolio credit and be required to take the course for full credit. Partial credit can only be completed in a print-based format.
  7. If partial credit is granted for a course not required for your degree, you are not required to complete the remaining credits. If you want to complete the credits and the course is offered through distance learning in a print-based format, you must complete them on the next enrollment period. Partial credit can only be completed in a print-based format.
  8. The university does not limit the number of credits you may earn through the portfolio process.
  9. Grades are not given for credits earned in the portfolio course. When you complete Portfolio Development and pay the corresponding transcripting fee for credits earned, the courses and credits will be entered on your UW-Platteville transcript and count toward your degree requirements for graduation. Note: Credits earned through the portfolio process usually will not transfer to another college program at UW-Platteville or to other institutions.
  10. Credits awarded through the portfolio process are considered to have been earned under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty and will count as resident credit.


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