In light of my recent post on letters of recommendation, I have been giving some thought recently to the idea of undergraduate student dossiers or portfolios.
I wonder how many students create a portfolio of exams and papers that they have written during their four-year college experience? These dossiers could also include materials related to student internships, study abroad experiences, and other creative or academic work.
Not only would such a dossier help a student on the job market, but it would allow folks like me to write stronger letters of recommendation. I am always looking for opportunities to sing the praises of a student paper or project, but sometimes my memory fails me.
I know that the folks in career service departments encourage students to build these kinds of portfolios, but shouldn’t this also be something done by individual academic departments? It seems that students should be encouraged to do this in the first advising appointment of their freshman year.
What do you think?