FAQs about the Second Year WOC Portfolio

How Can I Learn More About the Requirements?

  • Attend an INFO Session or a Helpathon. These are offered each semester for students.
  • Read the catalog description, under Integrative Core.
  • Refer to our website for details www.mountunion.edu/integrative-core, which will have tips and links to necessary forms if you click on the link to the Second Year WOC Portfolio.

Who Has to Complete This Requirement?

  • Students who matriculated in Fall 2012 or later as traditional entering college students (and began with the FYS, even if you came with some credits that transferred in)
  • Transfer students who were new to Mount Union in Fall 2013 or later--see the WOC Director for special directions and timing
  • Honors students who matriculated in Fall 2012 or later--you may submit work from Honors FYS and Foundations plus regular IC coursework

How Will I Know My Portfolio Is Complete?
When you submit your WOC Portfolio presentation to Dropbox for the “Due by” date you select in Brightspace, you will receive an email confirmation that you have submitted.

Where Can I Get Help on Writing or Speaking Assignments?
If you want support for developing your writing and/or speaking abilities, make an appointment with a consultant at the Center for Writing and Oral Communication (CWOC), which is in KHIC.  While consultants will not revise or edit for you, they can help you identify areas of weakness or specific problems to address before completing a piece for the portfolio.  The consultants understand the expectations for the Second Year WOC Portfolio, and they can help you become better communicators; however, they are undergraduate students and are not in a position to tell students if a piece will pass or not.

Who’s Going to Read My Portfolio?
A team of faculty members from many academic departments across campus will evaluate the portfolios.  Each faculty member who participates will be familiar with the expectations for written and oral communication at this level, and they will use the WOC Rubrics to assess your portfolio. The expectation is that all students should be able to achieve a score of 2, the minimum proficiency expected at the end of the sophomore year. Each portfolio will receive scores from two readers. Those scores will be combined to form the score for that part of the portfolio. If there is a major discrepancy between the two scores, a third reader will evaluate the portfolio.

What Are the Possible Results?
Students will be given a score for their written work and for their oral work.  Both must be a passing score in order for the portfolio requirement to be complete.  Students can earn a high pass, a pass, or a failing score on the portfolio.  A combined score of 7-8 is needed for a high pass, 4-6 is needed for a pass, and anything under 4 will result in a failing score.

How Will I Get My Results?
Typically, portfolios will be read in mid-May of each year, and students will get an emailed letter with their results by June. Be sure to clean out your email before leaving for the summer so you can receive mail. If you are a student who needs to submit your portfolio during the fall semester because you will not be on campus during the spring semester, you will get your results after the spring semester commences; those results will be emailed by February.

What If I Don’t Pass?
You have two options if you don’t pass the portfolio.  If you think you can submit a better portfolio without any extra support, you may prepare a new portfolio and submit it before the last day of finals during the next semester. If you think you could use some extra support, you should enroll in one or both of the 2-credit classes on revising--one will be to revise written work for the portfolio; the other will be to revise oral presentations for the portfolio. These classes will only be open to students who have submitted and failed a portfolio. Students need to complete the portfolio requirement, which means passing it, prior to enrolling in the Integrative Core Capstone, so if you decide to take one or both of the revising classes, do so during the next semester so you can continue to make progress toward your degree. Details will be given to you in the email with your portfolio results.

Who Can Answer My Questions?
At any time during the process of developing or submitting the portfolio, or after getting your results, you may contact the WOC Director with questions at wocdirector@mountunion.edu

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