What is the procedure for submitting my portfolio during fall 2021?

  1. The portfolio due date is Friday, October 8 by 4:00 PM.

  2. Portfolios will be submitted online using this google form link (Forthcoming). Please note that you will pledge your portfolio via this form. You will submit your portfolio as a PDF. The file should be named Lastname_Firstname

When and where is the portfolio due?

The portfolio is due the 5th Friday of each semester by 4 p.m. Turn portfolios into the Foundations Collegium in Brown Hall (across from the book store). In fall 2021, the portfolio is due Friday, October 8. You will submit the paper online.

What are the annotations?

There are four required annotations for the portfolio: a global annotation and three individual annotations. The global annotation introduces both you, the author, to the readers, as well as your portfolio as a whole. According to the portfolio folder this annotation "should call the readers' attention to what the student believes are the strengths of the portfolio." In this annotation you may also want to discuss how you have developed as a writer while at Eckerd. For each of the three required papers you need to include an individual annotation. According to the portfolio folder these annotations should include "a short description of the purpose of the writing (assignment or occasion, intended reader, desired result) and the circumstances (number of drafts, time spent, resources used, including any help received from any others). Also state the bibliographic style used to document sources." You may also want to note how the paper fits the category (for example, how the paper is an example of "making sense of experience." Please note: the annotations are extremely important to the portfolio and deserve the same attention to detail given your papers. Remember that the annotations are your readers' first interaction with you as an author and so you should strive to create a favorable impression!

Can I write a paper just for the portfolio?


I am a transfer student, can I use papers from my other college or university?

Yes, you can use up to two papers from another college or university. In order to use these papers you must show Dr. Ramsey, the portfolio coordinator, proof that these papers were written for a college course. Proof can be a graded copy of the paper, the assignment sheet, or an email from the professor or TA asserting that you wrote the paper for them. You must speak with Dr. Ramsey about these papers prior to turning in the portfolio.

What options are available for students with documented academic accommodations through the Office of Accessibility?

No accommodations provide for extending the portfolio deadline.

Do I have to put page numbers on my papers?

Page numbers are not required, but are very helpful.

Are headings necessary?

Please identify each category by number on your submissions.In other words, please identify the paper for the "making sense of experience" submission as #1 and the argument paper as #2 and so on. These demarcations help our readers with their assessment.

How long does the portfolio have to be?

The minimum page requirement is 12 double-spaced pages or about 4200 (~350 words per page) words. There is not maximum page limit.

Do I have to staple the portfolio?

No, but it is helpful to staple individual papers together.

Are there any portfolio samples?

Yes. Each year six portfolios are honored as the George P.E. Meese Writing in Excellence award winners and are bound together in red volumes. These volumes are available in the writing center, the library, in the Foundations Collegium and PEL office. There is also a sample portfolio online here.

How can I get help with my portfolio?

Visit the Writing Center! You are also welcome to work with a professor on the papers.

Can I use papers from Human Experience?

Yes, you can. A word of caution: remember that you wrote these papers your freshman year and that the portfolio is being assessed for senior level writing proficiency. If you choose to use papers from Human Experience make sure that they undergo substantial revision to reflect a more sophisticated writing style and thought process.

When can I turn in my portfolio?

You can turn in your portfolio beginning fall of your junior year.

What happens if I do not pass the portfolio?

If you do not pass the portfolio you will receive a letter from a member of the Rhetoric faculty with comments for action to improve your portfolio. You are required to enroll in a composition course the following semester. If you are a senior who does not pass the writing portfolio you will not be able to enroll in comps.

Do I have to turn in a portfolio?

Yes. The portfolio is a graduation requirement that ALL students must complete. No exceptions.

Can I turn in my portfolio while studying abroad?

Yes. Portfolios are submitted online using a google form so as long as you have access to google, you can submit your portfolio. Note: the portfolio must be received by 4PM EST on the due date (not when 4PM strikes where you are).

How will I know if I passed the portfolio?

Results are emailed to your Eckerd College email address.

If a paper got a B or an A in a course, isn't that good enough?

Rather than trying to guess what will be respected by the evaluators, it is more important for writers to recognize that portfolio evaluation is a different situation than course grading. Often professors assign and read course papers to get a picture of a student's analytic skill, or ability to work with course information, and writing quality, while important, becomes a secondary concern for establishing a grade. A course paper with a B could reasonably be judged as "marginal" when the quality of writing is the dominant concern. Also, realize that your writing matures markedly during two or three academic years, so even an A paper from first semester can fail to meet a C standard for a senior paper. Consequently, use your most mature editing practices to revise ALL of your earlier work before submitting your portfolio.

What papers can I revise?

You can revise all your papers. In fact, we encourage you to spend time revising your papers to make them as strong as possible and as reflective of a senior-level of writing as possible.

How much revision do I really need to do?

Portfolio evaluators are judging communicative competence, and they are seeing a student's work for the first time. It is good practice to revise your papers as if they were going to be read by a prospective employer in a job interview situation (another "first meeting"). All employers emphasize competence in writing and speaking for every hire, so show them your best in your application letters, your correspondence, your resume -- and your writing portfolio. In fact, former graduates have reported that they used their writing portfolios as evidence of competency in both graduate school applications and job hunts. Revise until you are showing your very best written efforts.

Can I submit a paper that is not in English?

No. All papers for the portfolio must be in English. As a general education requirement, portfolios are read and evaluated by members of the general faculty and the Writing Excellence program. As a result, all portfolio submissions must be in English. Further, part of rhetorical analysis, the first learning outcome, focuses on rhetorical awareness. Part of rhetorical awareness is realizing that the faculty reading the portfolio will not necessary be fluent in a language other than English. Further, all portfolios are randomly assigned to readers—we do not, nor should we, select certain portfolios for certain readers. Having some readers for specific portfolios because of Spanish or English negates the review process we have in place.