MLA Portfolio & FAQ

The MLA portfolio has three basic requirements: a written precourse survey, a final survey and a collection of artifacts from your MLA program coursework with inclusion forms to explain your artifacts. This collection shows evidence that you have experienced growth during the program and have developed the following essential characteristics:

  • A strong knowledge base
  • Enriched written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • Organization skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Critical-thinking skills

What is a precourse survey and what information should I include in it?

Your precourse survey is a one- to two-page word picture of who you are and what you want to achieve from the MLA program. Include particular aspects of this program that prompted you to enroll, your academic goals and your expectations of the MLA program. You should complete your precourse survey as soon as you start the program and put it in your portfolio binder.

What type of artifacts should be included?

The artifacts are papers and projects you select from your program’s coursework. These artifacts should be assignments graded or assessed by the instructor of the course. You will need one artifact from each core course and two additional artifacts from courses of your core coursework for the MLA program includes one course from each of the following categories:

  • Art (ART)
  • History (HIS)
  • Literature (LIT)
  • Philosophy or religion (PHIL or REL)
  • Science and culture (SCC)
  • Sociology (SOC)

Am I required to submit forms with my artifacts?

Yes. You will complete an inclusion form for each of your artifacts. You will also provide a written final survey that refers to your personal experiences and growth during the program.

How should I organize my portfolio?

Organization is important, but how you organize your information is completely up to you. You can collect your artifacts in a binder, a box, or a CD. It’s your choice.

When is my portfolio due?

You will turn in your completed portfolio during your assigned portfolio presentation meeting before graduation from the program. Additional information follows under “How do I deliver my portfolio?”

How do I deliver my portfolio?

You will present your portfolio at an MLA portfolio presentation with others who are finishing the program. These portfolio presentations are scheduled in the late spring and late fall. You will be notified of these presentation dates via email to your Baker account. Fliers will also be posted on the bulletin boards inside each of our classrooms.

How will the portfolio be assessed?

Your portfolio will be assessed using the MLA portfolio rubric.

Will my portfolio be returned to me?

After your portfolio is assessed, it will be available for pickup at our Overland Park administrative office.

 MLA Capstone Project

A capstone project may be arranged as an option for completion of the last three elective credits in the MLA program requirements. Capstone projects must be approved by an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the faculty member, and the Dean to assure compliance with the degree plan, academic credibility and administrative approval.

The capstone project is similar to an independent study. Its purpose is to integrate the thinking that has evolved through completion of the MLA coursework and relate it to professional and community activities. The following are examples of capstone project formats:

  • A philosophical essay on a relevant issue
  • An original research project involving interviews or questionnaires
  • An extensive research paper
  • Other formats approved by the Dean and supervising faculty member

A careful statement must be prepared by the student before enrollment, providing title, general outline, purpose, procedure and bibliography for the project. Forms for such statements are available from an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If the capstone project is approved, registration must be completed with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.staff and tuition paid in advance.