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Alternative Assessment Portfolio

The Alternative Assessment Portfolio provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension of the Community Service General Education requirement at La Verne.

The Community Service General Education requirement at the University of La Verne fosters the development of self-reflection, civically engaged leaders and responsive community participants through reciprocal service and learning in LVE 305: Learning through Community Service course. Community service is understood to be a minimum of 20 hours of unpaid, active participation assisting a community organization in the achievement of its goals, not simply observing the work of the organization.

Prior to the submission of an Alternative Assessment Portfolio, students must review the application and requirements form found below, and consider their ability to demonstrate an adequate comprehension of the Community Service General Education requirement.  Students are responsible for conveying in their Alternative Assessment Portfolio how their prior community service is an acceptable replacement for the service and learning experience conducted in LVE 305 course.  More information about LVE 305: Learning through Community Service learning outcomes can be found on the Office of Civic and Community Engagement webpage.

Lastly, a student’s Alternative Assessment Portfolio must demonstrate competency in social justice issues related to community service, what it means to be a civically engaged individual, and an understanding of reciprocity as a component of community engagement.

Submission Process

The Alternative Assessment Portfolio must be submitted no later than one semester or two terms prior to graduation. For example, if you are graduating spring 2021, you must submit your Alternative Assessment Portfolio by fall 2020.  Students now have the option of submitting their portfolio via mail or online with adequate supporting documentation.  See the Alternative Assessment Application and Requirement document below for further details.

Adequate supporting documentation must be provided as follows:

  1. Receipt of $50 assessment fee payment
  2. Verification of 20 hours of unpaid community service completed within the past year.
    1. One nonprofit organization must verify the satisfactory completion of at least 20 hours of unpaid community service.
    2. 20 hours of unpaid community service must be completed within the last year or the semester/term before submitting the portfolio.
    3. 20 hours of unpaid community service completed within the last two years before submitting a portfolio will be accepted. However, integration of the community service experience will have to be present in the reflection paper.
  1. A copy of the organization’s mission and vision statement
  2. Reflection Essay

**Exceptions to the unpaid requirement will be made for active duty military personnel who are not given release time, but who participate in community service while on duty.

See the Alternative Assessment Application and Requirement document below for further details. Note: The outcome of your application may not be contested.

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