Fall 2022 / 2 Credit Hours
Instructor: Kenneth J. Galla, Jr., MPA

Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University 
Office hours by appointment. 
Analysis of Experiential Learning in Urban Affairs is a two-credit course designed for adults with substantial prior learning who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree. The course assists them in documenting and reflecting upon their learning through the portfolio process. College credit earned in this course may then be applied to one of the six majors in the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs.
Upon completing this course, you will gain the ability to:
  • describe and document learning gained through your prior experience;
  • analyze your prior learning through theoretical and professional lenses;
  • assemble your portfolio of life and career accomplishments for submission to CSU faculty assessors;
  • more clearly define your educational objectives as part of a program of study in the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs;
  • clarify your unique values and goal orientation; and
  • appreciate the knowledge, skills and values acquired through your prior learning.
Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines before you begin your assignments. These guidelines will give you insight into how each assignment and your final portfolio will be assessed and graded. Students receive an S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grade for this course.
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This is an online course. Students will utilize Blackboard to access course assignment information and due dates.Assignments 1-5 will be submitted electronically through Blackboard.  Assignment 6 requires a “hard-copy” to be turned in to my office at CSU.  Videos have been posted to Blackboard to help clarify assignment requirements.
Assignment #1 Worksheet Assignment & Course Syllabi Identification - Due: Friday, September 2,2022.
This assignment is designed to help you begin thinking about your past experiences and demonstrated learning. Refer to the example document and fill out a similar chart in excel for yourself. (Note: this assignment is for the class only and will not be included in your final portfolio). For a list of useful verbs for this assignment and your competency statement For a list of useful verbs for this assignment and your competency statement, click here.
Assignment #2 Autobiographical Resume - Due: Friday, September 9, 2022.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX. B
Assignment #3 Competency Statement - Due: Friday, October 7, 2022.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX. C
Assignment #4 Narrative Assignment - Due: Friday, November 4, 2022.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX D
Assignment #5 Education/ Goal Statement - Due: Friday, November 18, 2022.
Refer to your AAPLE Handbook, Section IX. F
Assignment #6 Draft Portfolio - Due: Friday, December 2, 2022.
The draft portfolio is the compilation of your work for this course. This draft includes assignments 2-5, incorporating the revisions made as a result of the instructor’s feedback. It should be submitted electronically, but will become the foundation for your final portfolio which will be submitted as a hard, paper copy (as described below) to the instructor for faculty assessment.
When compiling your final portfolio (within one year of the completion of this course) Use dividers and a three-ring binder to present the information. Please label your final portfolio with a cover and present your portfolio sections in the following order:
1. Cover page with name, address, day/evening phone numbers, e-mail address, concentration area, and total number of credits sought
2. Table of Contents
3. Autobiographical Resume
4. Competency Statement
5. Narrative Section
6. Education Plan/Goals Statement
7. Documentation (This section does not need to be completed for the draft version of the portfolio for this course, but you will compile the documents and present them in your final portfolio.)
Remember that your final product should be neat, error-free and correct in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Examples of final portfolios are available for viewing upon request.
ASSIGNMENT NOTE: All assignments should be typed and double-spaced using standard margins and a common, 12 pt. font. Assignments will be graded for organization, grammar, and content.
Click the following links for examples of each assignment.
No text is required for the course. Suggested texts are:
Strunk, Jr., William & E.B. White (2005). The Elements of Style. New York: Penguin Press.
Additional texts are on Course Reserve in the Michael Schwartz Library.
Student Grading
CSU uses the following letter grades with plusses and minuses. In the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs the letter grades follow this numeric scale:

A = 94-100%
A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79 (there is no C+ grade for graduate students; C = 70-79 for grad students)
C = 70-76 for undergraduates, 70-79 for grad students
D = 60-69 (there is no D for graduate students)
F = 59 and below for undergraduates, 69 and below for graduate students

University Deadlines

  • For the current semester, the deadline for dropping a course with a full refund is September 2, 2022.
  • The last day to drop is September 9, 2022.
  • The last day to Withdraw from the course is November 4, 2022.
  • The final examination week is December 12-17, 2022. There is no examination in this course, but your final paper will be due during this time period.
Students with Special Needs
Educational access is the provision of classroom accommodations, auxiliary aids and services to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students regardless of their disability. Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services at (216) 687-2015, email at, or visit the Office’s Virtual Front Desk at to connect with a staff member.

Accommodations need to be requested in advance and will not be granted retroactively. Students should notify the instructor as soon as possible if they have been granted an accommodation through the Office of Disability Services.
Writing Assistance
Students with difficulty writing or who want to strengthen their writing skills may contact the Writing Center for assistance at Tutors are available for online appointments; check out the guidelines on

Students should use the American Psychological Association (APA) format for citations and reference pages
Plagiarism is stealing and/or using the ideas or writings of another in a paper or report and claiming them as one’s own. This includes but is not limited to the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.

The penalties for plagiarism are found in full in the Student Handbook (Office of Student Life) under Academic Regulations (Policy on Academic Misconduct) at the following link:
Federal law, including Title IX, and University policy require that CSU address discrimination, harassment and sexual violence and enable students affected by these issues to have the same opportunity to succeed as other students. To do this, the CSU Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) provides information, identifies resources (counseling, medical, advocacy, safety planning), issues academic accommodations (excused absences, extended deadlines, late withdrawals, alternative assignments) and other accommodations (No Contact Directives, changing living arrangements). Any student affected by discrimination, harassment and/or sexual violence and seeking assistance should contact the Office for Institutional Equity by calling 216-687-2223, sending an email to, or visiting AC 236.
Health and Safety
he COVID-19 pandemic is still present and serious. Before entering class, you should have completed your daily health assessment. While you are in class on campus, you are required to: sit in your designated seat, maintain physical distance, wear your facial covering (e.g., masks or face shields), always cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue, use the materials provided to clean your desk and chair before and after use, and adhere to other public safety protocols and directives for your specific classroom/lab/studio.
Students who do not follow these health and safety requirements will be instructed to leave class immediately. Students who violate this protocol will need to leave the classroom and MAY be marked absent. Repeated violations of these health-saving protocols may lead to sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct (3344-83-04 [E] and [Z]) up to and including suspension or expulsion. The CSU community thanks you for your cooperation!