Student Portfolios, Transcripts, and College...
As education changes and we reconsider how we assess students, we can't continue to do what is comfortable at the expense of what truly communicates student abilities. Standardized testing and transcripts have proven not be helpful to many students for various reasons, and end up being accurate for a small percentage of kids.
At the 24/7 Learning Academy, we feel that using digital student portfolios is a more advantageous and accurate way to show student accomplishments. Transcripts only represent standardized outcomes, and we all know individual students have unique challenges and stories that can’t be explained by a letter grade. Also, just students with the most resources have the best opportunities to prepare for college-entry standardized tests.
Digital portfolios changes that and levels the playing field by allowing college admission departments to focus on tangible learning outcomes, reflection, and growth. Colleges are seeing that companies are looking for candidates who are resourceful, can think outside of the box, show grit, and are now looking for the same characteristics from high school graduates.
We understand the need for quantitative results like test scores and grades, but we see them as a small piece of a more substantial body of work that represents a student’s journey through school.
We have partnered with a few companies and organizations that support digital portfolio development for students and are looking for more ways for students to accurately display their talents and abilities.
Below is a list of colleges and universities that accept student portfolios as a part of their admissions process:
Bryn Mawr College
California Institute of Technology
College of the Holy Cross
College of William & Mary
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Indiana University at Bloomington
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Miami University of Ohio
Michigan State University
Mount Holyoke College
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Rutgers University at New Brunswick
St. Olaf College
State University of New York at Geneseo
State University of New York at Buffalo
Texas A&M University
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland at College Park
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Missouri
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis