The University of the Ozarks (Ozarks) has selected Portfolium’s Student Success platform to provide all undergraduate students with a way to connect their curricular and co-curricular learning with career opportunities. Ozarks chose Portfolium to support institution-wide retention, graduation, and employment initiatives.
Portfolium’s assessment software and ePortfolio network will help students to validate and display skills gained in the classroom. Students will gain the ability to collect artifacts in their ePortfolios and link them directly to learning outcomes tied to assessments completed both in and out of the classroom. Those artifacts and competencies will be searchable by employers via Portfolium’s unique Student Success Network and TalentMatch technology.
By utilizing Portfolium BadgeLink, students will be able to earn micro-credentials and digital badges and automatically have them displayed in ePortfolios searchable by employers. The digital badges will be issued within the assessment software with fully-transparent metadata such as learning outcomes, rubrics and evidence of student work. The badges can be used within customizable learning pathways where Ozarks students and educators will be able to track progress in personalized journeys that can directly guide a student from the classroom into a career.
“The University of the Ozarks has a 90/80/70 goal, in which 90% of our students are employed or in a graduate program within 6 months of graduation, an 80% freshman retention goal, and a 70% four year graduation goal,” explains Alyson Gill, Provost at University of the Ozarks, “We see Portfolium as being a key partner in helping our students reach those goals.”
Portfolium will be integrated into Ozarks’s First-Year Experience program, following students from their transition into the University of the Ozarks, through their complete undergraduate experience and beyond as alumni.
“Portfolium’s main goal has always been to provide institution’s with an operational and scalable framework that enables students and faculty to directly link learning with opportunity,” said Troy Markowitz, VP of Academic Partnerships at Portfolium, “We are confident that our partnership will help drive student success in all three of Ozarks’ initiatives: retention, graduation, and employment.”
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS:
The University of the Ozarks is a private, four-year comprehensive university located in Clarksville, Arkansas. Ozarks has been ranked as a “top tier” college in the South Region by U.S. News & World Report for the past 16 years. In the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, Ozarks was ranked No. 1 Best Value in the Southern Region for the second consecutive year. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools. Enrollment averages around 680 students, representing 16 countries. For more info, please visit: http://www.ozarks.edu/
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