Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

The English Department Portfolio Assessment Project

The English Department Portfolio Assessment Project encourages consistent and appropriate standards for writing in English 090: Basic Writing Skills and English 101: Composition I: College Writing. 

Why is this good for students?

For students, a passing portfolio means that your writing has reached the standard set by not only BCC’s English Department, but also a standard that many of the other colleges in the area adhere to. This is because our standards are based on course outcomes for English 090 and 101 as well as common outcomes for first-year writing accepted by the  CONNECT Writing Project, a partnership of public higher education institutions in southeastern Massachusetts including Bridgewater State College, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Massasoit Community College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

How does it work?

All faculty who participate in the project submit portfolios of their students’ writing to be holistically evaluated by the English Department Portfolio Assessment Committee at the end of the semester. Students whose portfolios pass the evaluation earn their grade as outlined in their course syllabi. Students whose portfolios do not pass earn a Portfolio Incomplete (I grade). This Portfolio Incomplete , unlike a traditional Incomplete, does not prevent the students from taking English 101 or English 102 in the next semester, but it does require that the student take advantage of free faculty tutoring through the program in order to better understand the issues within his or her writing that prevent it from meeting the departmental standard.  Once the student makes the necessary revisions and his or her portfolios passes the evaluation, the student’s course grade is released.

If you are a student who would like to get involved with this project or learn about the benefits, please see our student page.

All full-time and adjunct faculty who teach English 090 and/or English 101 are encouraged to participate in this project as it insures that students exiting these courses will have met a departmental standard. If you are a faculty member who would like to learn more about this project and its benefits to you and your students, please see our faculty pages. 

If you are an advisor looking for tips on advising students, relative to the Portfolio Assessment Project, please see our advisor page.

For more information, please contact J. P. Nadeau, English Department Portfolio Assessment Project Chair at x2728.