Two States Partner to Offer New Student ePortfolios

Posted: November 14, 2008

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

Oroville, CA and St. Paul, MN – Students throughout California will be able to develop electronic portfolios, or ePortfolios, allowing students to create an online showcase of their works, designs, art and other achievements, through a new partnership between the California Virtual Campus (CVC) and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

ePortfolios are online software applications used for academic assessment, accreditation and institutional reporting, teaching and learning, and career development.

This new resource is available through a licensing agreement between the CVC and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to implement Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system’s ePortfolio software application, known as eFolio Minnesota at California institutions.

The California Virtual Campus, a grant-funded project of the Technology Unit of the System Office, California Community Colleges, is implementing this agreement within a pilot project called ePortfolio California. ePortfolio California explores options for supporting the use of ePortfolios on campuses statewide and is part of the CVC mission to provide technology services to California's college students. eFolio Minnesota is the first software application to be tested as part of the ePortfolio California pilot project. Twelve college and universities have already committed to participate in this pilot project.

"Current budget challenges open opportunities for us to engage in partnerships that leverage best practices in the education community. eFolio Minnesota has been in operation for more than six years, and has received national and international attention as well as numerous awards. We believe that both states will benefit from this project. California provides a large and diverse population for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to test the scalability and viability of the eFolio Minnesota application, while California schools are looking to build on a model that is successfully in place while at the same time being revised to become a newer and more robust platform," said John Whitmer, CVC director.

The agreement also calls the California and Minnesota participants to collaborate in future ePortfolio efforts between the states.

"The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is excited about the opportunity to leverage efforts occurring both in California and Minnesota. We look forward to continue to work with the CVC and to move from a pilot test project to an eFolio platform that will be available across both states—one that will be constantly revised and updated by both parties to meet the needs of all users," said Paul Wasko, director of e-services for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Office of the Chancellor.

At the pilot schools in California, students will design, organize and create ePortfolios that are purposeful collections of artifacts that represent multiple pieces of work, descriptions of when and how the work was completed, as well as reflections upon the learning experiences.

Schools involved in the initial pilot include:

  • Nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District
  • Foothill Community College
  • Riverside Community College District
  • San Francisco State University

California colleges, universities, and K-12 schools are eligible to participate in this innovative program.

The California Virtual Campus is dedicated to increasing online course program offerings and student services offered systemwide by the 110 California Community Colleges. By leveraging college innovations and providing standardized services, CVC provides students with enhanced programs and services. Based at Butte College in Oroville, California, the CVC is funded through a grant from the Technology Unit of the California Community Colleges System Office.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities mission is to support education and workforce efforts within the state. Six years ago it launched eFolio in order to support K-20 work/engagement, lifelong and lifewide learning and to position/empower any individual in the state to develop an eFolio that they own that reflects their education and workforce engagement.


Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.