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

Sample E-Portfolios

These e-portfolios provide a range of examples. Remember no one e-portfolio is a perfect example. Each e-portfolio is unique, so yours will be too!
Kaitlyn Bretz - Environmental Science
Chelsea Coleburn - Mathematics & Secondary Education
Elliott Cooper - Biological Sciences
Ontonio Grant - Associates in Arts
Lily Gullion - Exercise Science
Abhishek Malkan - Biological Sciences
Lizeth Morales - Experimental Psychology
Abdullah Najdeyah - Risk Management and Insurance
Clarie RandallExperimental Psychology and Biological Sciences
Adrianna Shoemaker - Sociology and Philosophy
Lizzie UtsetInternational Studies and Chinese Studies
Dalia Valcin-Brown - Athletic Training

UNIV 401 for GLD

Most students take UNIV 401 for GLD for the opportunity to reflect with fellow students and receive weekly guidance.  The e-portfolio completed in a course is due according to the instructor's deadline (typically near the end of the semester). 

Working Independently

Working with a GLD advisor (instead of taking a course) requires students be driven to complete assignments independently.  We encourage Columbia students to make a GLD advising appointment as soon as you make the decision to complete the e-portfolio independently. The e-portfolio deadline is MUCH EARLIER for students in this category: 

  • March 19 for May graduates
  • June 11 for August graduates
  • October 22 for December graduates

Multiple Pathways

If students are completing multiple e-portfolios 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 USC Connect 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 E-Portfolio Content Guide [pdf]

This is the document you will use to guide you in creating the structure and content of your GLD E-Portfolio. Helpful writing prompts included.

Creating an E-Portfolio Website

The USC Connect GLD E-portfolio Technology Page gets you started in setting up an E-Portfolio with Google Sites. If you choose Google Sites, USC Connect will provide further support, as needed. You may use another website creation tool (such as Weebly, or Wix) if you do not need our technical support.

GLD Rubric [pdf]

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