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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.

Creating an e-portfolio lead me to thoroughly think through what I learned in my study abroad experience. Without that, I would not have been ready for the interview that lead me to the job of my dreams!

-Graduate, Darla Moore School of Business

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. Successful students invest 50-60 hours or more in completing the ePortfolio.

Timelines and Deadlines

Students must select a timeline and complete the ePortfolio within that timeline. Students must submit a complete ePortfolio (including all required sections and artifacts) in order to receive a score. 

Most students take UNIV 401 GLD for the opportunity to reflect with fellow students and receive weekly guidance.  Students in UNIV 401 have highest ePortfolio success rate of over 90% compared to Structured or Independent students. 

Students in UNIV 401 GLD complete the ePortfolio according to their instructors deadline.  All sections of UNIV 401 GLD typically:

  • Meet for 1 hour and 15 minutes per week
  • Schedule one individual meeting between the student and instructor
  • Assign weekly writing exercises which will evolve into the content of their ePortfolio
  • Provide writing feedback from their instructor and peers
  • Provide opportunities for practice presentations to the class and their instructor

To register for UNIV 401 all students must:

  1. Complete at least 75% of the GLD experience requirements.
  2. Have an active GLD Application. An automated process blocks registration for students without an application in the system.
  3. Be classified as a Senior having completed 90+ credit hours.
  4. Ensure that you are registering for UNIV 401 for GLD. Pay careful attention to other section types (non-GLD) and modalities (in-person, online, 8-week).

UNIV 401 sections do not allow students to enroll or audit the course after the Drop/Add period.

Online UNIV 401

Students must complete this form to enroll in online sections of UNIV 401.  We do not offer overrides for full sections of UNIV 401 for GLD.

Please contact Matt Childs if you have any questions about online sections of 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):

  • Fall 2024: August 27 - October 21 
  • Spring 2025: January 22 - March 17 
  • Summer 2025: May 14 - June 23 

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 ePortfolio due dates:

  • Fall 2024: August 27 - October 21 
  • Spring 2025: January 22 - March 17 
  • Summer 2025: May 14 - June 23 

Use of Artificial Intelligence

Any content submission for GLD should be a pure reflection of your work and understanding. While artificial intelligence can be a helpful resource for brainstorming, editing, and website formatting, it is your responsibility to tailor prompts and responses to your personal experiences and voice. Artificial intelligence should be an aid rather than the primary content creator, and must be appropriately cited when used. 
Suspicions of misuse of artificial intelligence and/or use of artificial intelligence without attribution will be referred to the Office of Academic Integrity as alleged violations of Cheating, defined as “unauthorized assistance in connection with any academic work” and/or Falsification, which includes “misrepresenting or misleading others with respect to academic work or misrepresenting facts for an academic advantage”. 

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.

Sample ePortfolios

These ePortfolios provide a range of examples. Remember, each ePortfolio is unique and no one example is perfect. Use the search bar to find strong examples of ePortfolios in the following areas – About Me, Key Insights, Artifacts, Leadership, Formatting, and PCC.

Student  Major GLD Pathway Keywords
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Danielle Bradley Associates of Arts - Union Research format, formatting
Stephanie Do Information Science Community Service About Me, Key Insights, Artifacts
Meg Freiter Doctor of Pharmacy Professional and Civic Engagement Key Insights, format, formatting
Eman Hulwe Social Work Community Service Leadership
Mia Jeanty Chemistry Community Service Artifacts
Nicholas Laramee Public Health Global Learning Leadership
Shannon McDonald Music Education Professional and Civic Engagement Key Insights
Kailey Miller Nursing Professional and Civic Engagement About Me, Lancaster, PCC
Romario Pessoa Organizational Leadership - Salkehatchie Global Learning (International Student) Leadership, PCC
Clarie Randall Experimental Psychology and Biological Sciences Diversity and Social Advocacy About Me, format, formatting
Theodore Santos Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies Professional and Civic Engagement Leadership
Adrianna Shoemaker Sociology and Philosophy Diversity and Social Advocacy format, formatting
Collin Tesch Finance and Economics Professional and Civic Engagement  
Lizzie Utset International Studies and Chinese Studies Global Learning About Me, Key Insights, Leadership
Dalia Valcin-Brown Athletic Training Professional and Civic Engagement Key Insights, Format, formatting
Blake Gibbons Geography and Political Science Professional and Civic Engagement  
Cecelia Tatro Management and Marketing Professional and Civic Engagement  
Esha Hegde Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research  

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