Writing Portfolio Program
All UCCS undergraduates are required to submit a writing portfolio by enrolling in PORT 3000 when they have earned between 60-90 credit hours. Students submit 2000 words of writing across at least two papers.
The writing portfolio and the PORT 3000 course are scored on a pass fail basis. Papers are scored by by trained faculty with expertise in writing instruction. Students who opt not to submit a writing portfolio, as well as those who do not pass the writing portfolio, are required to take ENGL 3010 Rhetoric & Writing I or TCID 3080 Advanced Professional & Technical Writing.
The purpose of the writing portfolio is to assess individual students' writing competency and to provide aggregated data about student writing performance for the purposes of assessment and accreditation. Faculty across disciplines score writing portfolios using a standardized rubric, which provides a different type of evaluation compared to the grades students earn on their writing assignments in courses.