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Growing a New Culture of Assessment: Planting ePortfolios in the Metro Academies Program

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International Journal of ePortfolio Volume 1, Number 1, ISSN 2157-622X


This paper provides a look at the development of a new culture of assessment in higher education with the use of electronic portfolios (ePortfolios). It uses the metaphor of horticulture to describe how an inter-institutional program, Metro Academies of Health, has gone through the first two parts of the ePorticulture cycle--preparing for the use of ePortfolios and planting the first ePortfolio "seeds" within cohorts of students at both an urban community college and 4-year state university. Metro serves as a case study for potentially rich, albeit challenging, ePortfolio integration within a program that serves primarily low-income, first-generation college students. Given the chronically poor outcomes of many of today's college students, ePortfolios operate as a high-impact practice that provides students and educators with a tool for assessment to improve academic success. Metro aims for a successful and strategic ePortfolio implementation by beginning with a foundation of research on best practices and gives a series of recommendations that apply to new or growing ePortfolio programs.


Shada, A., Kelly, K., Cox, R. & Malik, S. (2011). Growing a New Culture of Assessment: Planting ePortfolios in the Metro Academies Program. International Journal of ePortfolio, 1(1), 71-83. Retrieved May 30, 2020 from .

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