Guidelines for Finishing Division I
Before you leave for the spring, you will be expected to present to your advisor a portfolio of the work you did during the first year. This portfolio will include your Division I retrospective essay, representative samples of your work that illustrate your intellectual and artistic development, and show the progress you’ve made in each of the four cumulative skills. The portfolio must also include documentation of your CEL-1.
Your advisor will then write your overall Division I evaluation, consulting your course evaluations and guided by material you present in your portfolio.
Suggestions for putting together the portfolio (note: advisors might have their own guidelines for the portfolio, so consult with your advisor!):
First, find a 3 ring binder, probably a 2” deep size. Get a set of section dividers for it. Put dividers in it with the following labels:
Into each of those four sections, put examples of your work that demonstrate your progress in each of those skills: papers you wrote (with faculty comments), self-evaluations, and any other material that will demonstrate that you have made progress in each of these skills.
The Division I retrospective essay provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your experiences and accomplishments during the first semesters of college. This is your chance to tell the story of your first year at Hampshire.
The essay should also contain a discussion of your CEL-1 activity/activities, as well as your progress on each of the cumulative skills. The essay’s main goal is to provide a clear picture of your progress as a student and member of the community during your first year at Hampshire.
The final step in Division I completion is a meeting with your advisor, during which you discuss your Division I portfolio and your plans for Division II. Progress Review Week (May 7-10, 2013) is a period that has been set aside for such meetings. Your advisor will be able to write your Division I evaluation later in June, after spring course evaluations are posted on the Hub.
THE DEADLINE TO PASS DIVISION I FOR FALL 2011 ENTRANTS IS SEPTEMBER 14, 2012. IF YOU STILL HAVE TO COMPLETE DIVISION I REQUIREMENTS IN THE FALL 2012 SEMESTER, YOU MUST BE IN FREQUENT CONTACT WITH YOUR ADVISOR AND WITH CASA.
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