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The final requirement for Graduation with Leadership Distinction is to complete an ePortfolio, which provides you an opportunity to articulate your learning throughout your experiences.  You will complete the GLD ePortfolio in the final year of your degree program.

Sample ePortfolios

These ePortfolios provide a range of examples. Remember no one ePortfolio is a perfect example. Each ePortfolio is unique, so yours will be too!
Stephanie Do - Information Science
Eman Hulwe - Social Work
Mia Jeanty - Chemistry
Nicholas Laramee - Public Health
Lizeth Morales - Experimental Psychology
Abdullah Najdeyah - Risk Management and Insurance
Romano Pessoa - Organizational Leadership
Clarie RandallExperimental Psychology and Biological Sciences
Theo Santos - Political Science and Women's & Gender Studies
Adrianna Shoemaker - Sociology and Philosophy
Colin Tesch - Finance and Economics
Lizzie UtsetInternational Studies and Chinese Studies
Dalia Valcin-Brown - Athletic Training
Christopher Wu - Biomedical Engineering


Completing the ePortfolio

Students can choose from three options for support completing their ePortfolios:

  1. UNIV 401 GLD
  2. Structured Advisement
  3. Independent
Time Commitment

All options require a significant time investment. For example, successful students invest 50-60 hours in completing the ePortfolio. 

Timelines and Deadlines

Students must select a timeline and complete the ePortfolio within that timeline. If a student does not pass with the first review, they will still be allowed to revise and resubmit within a two-week window. Students only have until the end of the semester to achieve a passing score.

Most students take UNIV 401 for GLD for the opportunity to reflect with fellow students and receive weekly guidance and in fact, it has highest ePortfolio success rate at over 90%. UNIV 401 GLD is offered fall and spring semesters with a summer on-line section offered when registrations warrant. 

The ePortfolio completed in a course is due according to the instructor's deadline (typically near the end of the semester). Students taking UNIV 401 meet an hour and 15 minutes per week with their section, typically have one individual meeting with their instructor, have weekly writing assignments which will evolve into the content of their ePortfolio, receive feedback from their instructor and peers, and present to the class as determined by their instructor.  Students also receive guidance on their required presentation.  

To register for UNIV 401 you must:

  1. Complete the GLD Orientation and begin an application prior to attempting to register for the course.
  2. Be classified as a Senior having completed 90+ credit hours.
  3. Have at least 75% of your GLD application completed. Not having the ePortfolio completed is okay!
  4. Ensure that you are registering for UNIV 401 for GLD

Please note that students enrolled in online UNIV 401 sections are required to attend a meeting to learn more about the online class format and strategies for successful completion. Students will be contacted on an individual basis about available meeting times. We do not offer overrides for full sections of UNIV 401 for GLD.

Please contact Lara Lomicka if you have any questions about online UNIV 401.

Students who, after receiving initial feedback, realize that more time/work is required than they anticipated can choose to begin a later timeline. UNIV 401 students must withdraw before the drop/add date specified by the Registrar.  Students that complete UNIV 401, but do not earn a passing ePortfolio score, and wish to continue work on their ePortfolio the following semester will receive a “hybrid support” method of CEIL support:

  • One meeting with a GLD advisor
  • One round of feedback on drafts

Structured advisement typically includes:

  • Two small group meetings (overview and introduction to key insights; leadership)
  • Drafts of key insights and leadership section submitted to advisor and reviewed with feedback through 1-2 in person meetings in combination with electronic feedback as appropriate
  • Guidance and feedback on required presentation

 Available Timelines (students must attend small group meetings during their selected timeline):

  • January 14 to ePortfolio due date: Mar 18
  • April 15 to ePortfolio due date: Jun 15
  • August 26 to ePortfolio due date: Oct 19

Structured advisement includes advisement with CIEL advisors, Faculty Fellows, and/or trained university staff partners.

Students who, after receiving initial feedback, realize that more time/work is required than they anticipated can choose to begin a later timeline. Students in the Structured Advisement process must withdraw by the week after the first key insight meetings. Students that complete Structured Advisement, but do not receive a passing ePortfolio score, and wish to continue work on their ePortfolio the following semester will receive a “hybrid support” method of CIEL support:

  • One meeting with a GLD advisor
  • One round of feedback on drafts

Completing the ePortfolio independently means that students use the resources on the GLD website, carefully attend to all messages from CIEL, and take advantage of advertised support opportunities.  Students need to be highly self-motivated and attentive to detail to successfully complete requirements in this way.  In addition to completing an introductory meeting and application workshop (as all students do), independent students:

  • Study the ePortfolio Content Guide and GLD ePortfolio grading rubric as well as examples of GLD ePortfolios on the CIEL ePortfolio page
  • Complete the ePortfolio over time by writing drafts of ePortfolio sections, self-evaluating using the rubric, and rewriting. Completing the ePortfolio is a process, not a one-time writing experience.
  • Take advantage of opportunities for feedback by attending support events (e.g., Write Nite, open advisement sessions). Independent students may bring a writing sample for feedback to an open advisement session or seek support from the Peer Writing Lab and the Student Success Center.
  • Seek out and use the resources from the Office of Undergraduate Research and the CIEL webpage to successfully complete a Discover USC presentation (or complete an alternative presentation).

Independent ePortfolios must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Spring ePortfolio due date: Mar 18
  • Summer ePortfolio due date: Jun 15
  • Fall ePortfolio due date: Oct 19

Multiple Pathways

If students are completing multiple ePortfolios and are registered for a UNIV401 course, only one of those portfolios can be UNIV401 course supported. The other portfolio is completed independently working with a GLD Advisor in the CIEL office. The other portfolio (non-course supported) will be required to meet independent portfolio deadlines, please see those posted above.


Palmetto College GLD Support

Students at a Palmetto College campus can enroll in UNIV 401 GLD or contact a GLD advisor on their campus:



GLD ePortfolio Content Guide [pdf]  
This is the document you will use to guide you in creating the structure and content of your GLD ePortfolio. Helpful writing prompts included.

GLD Rubric [pdf] 
The GLD rubric is the assessment tool that will be used by a trained reviewer to evaluate your ePortfolio.  In order to meet requirements for GLD you must earn a score of at least 34.


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