Portfolio Review for Credit

Northwestern Michigan College may grant course credit for students enrolled in academic coursework who feel they have acquired knowledge equivalent to college credit through work, experience, or prior knowledge. Portfolio Review is only used in special circumstances which are determined by the instructor and the Registrar.


  • Students may inquire about Portfolio Review at the Registrar's office.
  • The student will be required to contact an instructor within the proper discipline who teaches the courses for which the student is requesting credit. The instructor will determine if Portfolio Review is applicable for this request.
  • If the instructor is willing to review the student's experience, the student will complete the Portfolio Review for Credit form from the Registrar.
  • The Registrar will receive the fees for the course and send the Portfolio Review for Credit form to instructor.
  • The instructor will review work and determine proficiency.
  • The assessment should be completed during the semester the fees are paid.
  • After the review is complete, the instructor will provide a Q or NQ for the course and return the form to the Registrar's office.
  • All qualified grades (Q) will be recorded on the student's permanent record as portfolio review credit. Students must complete at least one NMC academic course before credits will be recorded.
  • Portfolio Review credits do not count towards the required 16 NMC credits for graduation.
  • A student may request Portfolio Review only once per class.

Discipline Responsibilities

  • Each discipline will determine if Life-long Learning opportunities are available for individual courses. The lead/contact instructor will determine with the Registrar whether competency assessment or portfolio review will be used.
  • Each instructor will determine the means to evaluate master of course objectives.
  • The discipline determines the minimum acceptable standard.
  • Each discipline has the option of limiting the number of credits which may be applied through Life-long Learning credits.

The fee for the Portfolio Review Credit will be determined once the assessment has been established, but will not be more than one-half the in-district tuition rate for the course.