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Freshman & Senior Portfolios

HTC students must complete portfolios of their work during their first and last year in the college. They are required to present their portfolios in an academic review with Dean Jeremy Webster and their Director of Studies. These portfolios are meant to encourage the student to reflect on their time in college, the quality of their work, their plans for the future, and where they can improve academically. Below is a brief description of the guidelines and requirements for students' first-year and senior-year academic reviews.


Freshman Portfolio

 

The purpose of the meeting is to have a thorough discussion of your academic progress as you approach the end of your first year. Academic progress must be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Clear evidence of ongoing progress in the development of academic abilities.

  • Clear evidence of a willingness to strive for excellence in academic work.

  • Clear evidence of the ability to deal responsibly with the academic expectations in your particular discipline.

Students are to submit two copies of their portfolio: one to the College office, and the other to their Director of Studies. The portfolios should be prepared in a binder that does not impede access to the information. Students must also bring their Commonplace Book to the academic review, and be prepared to discuss how they used it during the year. Students are also highly encouraged to photocopy or set aside substantive works and write brief summaries of each class ahead of time to facilitate the compilation of their portfolio at the end of the year.

 

Each portfolio must contain the following:

  • A copy of your overall undergraduate academic & personal goals.

  • Brief reflective paragraph on your required community service activity.

  • Copies of tutorial evaluations & descriptions for Fall semester.

  • Description of non-tutorial academic courses taken in the Fall & Spring semesters. For completed courses, please include the name of your instructor and write a concise summary of the contents of the course and your impression of what you gained from it. For courses still in progress, include the name of your instructor, and complete a course summary and description of what you have gained from the portion of the course that you have completed.

  • Samples of substantive work completed in your Fall tutorial. Please supply any information necessary to help your DOS and the dean understand the purpose of the assignment. You should be prepared to discuss why you feel that the work that you have chosen is substantive.

  • Samples of substantive work completed in your Fall non-tutorial courses. Again, please make sure that you articulate the context and criteria involved in the assignment. As with your tutorial assignments, you should be prepared to discuss why you feel that the work that you have chosen is substantive.

  • A reflection essay discussing two topics:

    1. Your assessment of your academic progress. Include your triumphs and your frustrations. Be candid and be specific. What were your areas of greatest improvement? What skills need greater attention? 

    2. What do you want to accomplish in the near future in terms of your academic work and personal development? What projects, ideas, or opportunities do you want to pursue?


Senior Portfolio

 

The senior year academic review is designed to provide you with an opportunity to both reflect on your academic and personal progress, as well as discuss the thesis work you intend to do. It is also designed to allow a discussion of future plans and ensure that you are on track to graduate. Students are to submit two copies of their portfolio: one to the College office, and the other to their Director of Studies. In contrast with the freshman year portfolio, please do not put your portfolio materials in a binder or plastic file. Simply staple all papers together.

 

Each portfolio must contain the following:

  • A list of your academic and personal accomplishments during the time you have been a student at Ohio University.

  • A reflection essay detailing your assessment of your academic progress. Include your triumphs and your frustrations. Be candid and be specific. What were your areas of greatest improvement? What aspects of your education have been less successful?

  • A full set of the tutorial evaluations and descriptions beginning with those received during your first year in the college.

  • A prospectus and timeline for your thesis project. For more information on the prospectus, see the Senior Thesis or Professional Project page.

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