Minnesota´s electronic portfolio available to institutions outside of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota — eFolioMinnesota, sponsored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, announced immediate availability of its award winning eFolio electronic portfolio technology.

The online portfolio management system empowers students, educators, and institutions to organize, manage, and display their academic and career information to enhance education, promote achievement, and advance careers.

eFolioMinnesota is the largest portfolio effort in North America. Beginning as a state-wide electronic portfolio effort in 2002, it has grown to over 67,000 users encompassing a broad array of higher education and K-12 students and faculty, workforce development participants and institutions of higher education using the institutional portfolio template to document and submit accreditation materials.

"We´ve been very proud of our success with eFolioMinnesota and are very excited to lead a broader effort to share our technology and experiences with others. The question across North America has always been, how we can do what Minnesota has done with eFolio, and now we have an answer", said Gary Langer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovations for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

"The navigation is good, even for a very complex framework such as the Systems Portfolio, and the Document Repository makes it possible to have a complete, entirely self-contained, web-based document (the traditional "Resource Room" is now obsolete). One of the best parts of our first experience with the Systems Portfolio was the opportunity to become familiar with a genuinely-new approach to preparing accreditation-type reports and making them readily available to the University community. It is difficult to imagine going back to a hard-copy approach," stated William Lowe, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Metropolitan State University.

Electronic portfolios empower individuals and institutions to create a "Living Systems Portfolio" to tell their on-going story. More information and examples of the eFolio system can be viewed at www.efoliomn.com.

For additional information, contact Jeff Bria, eFolio Business Development Director, jeff.bria@so.mnscu.edu, 651.402.1142.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprised of 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serves the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses. Minnesota Online hosts over 150 programs and serves over 50,000 students.

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