Portfolios are an essential aspect of modern personal and professional goals that are necessary for tracking progress. At personal levels, individuals are expected to come up with short and long term goals which are expected to implement a specific area of development. At corporate levels, organizations maintain affirmative portfolios that enable them to capitalize on their revenue generation processes. Professor Tanya Augsburg provides an effective framework which categorizes a student’s portfolios – that enable an all-inclusive individual growth – into distinct measurable parameters indicating progress.
Professor Augsburg acknowledges that a student has different levels of portfolios that track both personal and academic progress in learning institutions. Interdisciplinary students are provided with Self-Discovery, Educational and Career Planning portfolios. Each category is precisely defined, and various activities attribute the success at each level distinctly and uniquely. For instance, the Self-Discovery portfolio enables students to identify their strong points such as public speaking, leadership or art (Augsburg and Stuart 137). Similarly, the Learning or Educational portfolio allows students to track their academic progress through evaluation and analysis of assignments and projects. Lastly, a student is provided with a portfolio that enables students to match their strengths with relevant course achievements to set up their career paths in the future.
Professor Augsburg’s is valued for its contribution in creating a well-established learning path that gauges personal progress concerning emerging trends in the industry. It provides a clear analysis that is relevant for economic survival in the modern world (Augsburg and Stuart 137). Most organizations are accepting individual portfolios that positively relate an applicant with the job roles and responsibilities being advertised. Portfolios are important in ensuring that personal progress is positive and attracts significant economic benefits to students as a long-term objective.
Augsburg, Tanya, and Stuart Henry, 2 ed. The politics of interdisciplinary studies: Essays on transformations in American undergraduate programs. McFarland, 2009.