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Lower Division Honors Portfolio

The HIP Portfolio is a requirement for HIP students that entered the program in the Fall of 2015 or after. The HIP Portfolio is designed to be a working document demonstrating the student’s progress on the following Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

• Creative and Critical Thinking
• Inquiry Analysis and Integrative Learning
• Scholarship and Written Communication
• Intercultural Competence and Global Learning
• Community/Civic Engagement and Problem-Solving

Instructions for the HIP Portfolio can be found below. Students save one piece of work from each course they take for Honors credit and do a self-evaluation and essentially map out how the assignment meets the above SLOs. 

The HIP Portfolio process is currently being updated to an electronic platform LiveText. We believe this transition will benefit students and program as students will be able to pull assignments directly from BlackBoard to LiveText. There, they will also complete the self-evaluation and be able to save and return to their Portfolio later. Until this process is completed, we recommend that HIP students continue to create their Portfolio through the hard copy documents above.


Required for HIP completion. Please turn in your portfolio by the following deadlines:

Fall Completion: November 1
Spring Completion: April 1
Summer Completion: August 1

The Honors Learning Portfolio is an Honors Interdisciplinary Program requirement that helps you to reflect on your learning during your time in HIP. Through this portfolio, you will be able to share your learning process and achievements as an HIP student. The portfolio must include documents from each of the classes that you completed for your HIP requirements, and must show evidence of your work in all student learning areas.

The portfolio itself should be in a three-ring binder, organized with a divider and label for each section and class. The portfolio project requires documentation from each of your HIP courses, so you need to review the requirements now and begin collecting materials in your first semester!

Cover Page

Please complete the Portfolio Cover Sheet form and insert that page as the first page in your portfolio binder.

Section 1: Achievements in Learning

In this section, please include:

• Current unofficial transcript (print from URSA)
• Current resume/vita

Section 2: Evidence of Learning

In this section, please include documentation of academic work from your honors classes that demonstrates your learning in each of the five Student Learning Outcome areas (see form.) You are required to include documentation from all of your HIP classes (4 core classes and your library course) with a separate tab for each class. Again, together, this collection of your work should include materials from all of your HIP classes AND address all five learning outcomes. Please use the form provided to organize your submission for this section, and place it behind the Evidence of Learning section divider, before the first divider for class.

This section could include research papers, reflections for class, field experience logs, creative work (written, performance recordings, photos of visual work, etc.), discussion posts, data spreadsheets, etc. If possible, also include feedback and/or outside assessment of your learning. This could include instructor feedback on an assignment, test scores, graded lab reports, feedback on a research project, peer review of your work, a supervisor’s evaluation of your work in a practicum or other fieldwork, etc.

Section 3: Process Reflection

In this section, choose any two of the following writing prompts to use as the basis for your reflection on the portfolio process. You will answer both prompts in 4-6 pages.

• What is the best example of your learning in this portfolio and why?
• What is the weakest example of your learning in this portfolio and why?
• What does this portfolio as a whole reflect about your learning?
• What were the most difficult parts of this process for you and why?
• In what ways is this learning portfolio unique? How does it capture your personal learning experience and voice?
• What was most meaningful about this process for you and why?
• What did you learn about yourself and your own relationship to learning through the process of creating, collecting, selecting, and connecting your work?
• How has the portfolio process enhanced your Honors experience?

Section 4: Learning Goals

In this section, you are asked to identify and explain a few of your future learning goals. In 2-3 pages, please identify two or more learning goals, explain why those goals are important to you, and share your thoughts about how you might go about working toward those goals. Here are some general topic areas to get your thinking started (suggestions, not required):

• Plans to increase learning in certain areas
• Expand ways of learning
• Apply learning differently
• Connect learning in other ways
• Use learning in other areas like volunteer work, hobbies, or an internship