Master of Arts in Cultural Studies

Archiving Your Portfolio

The Portfolio Archive

The IAS Graduate Programs Office acts as an institutional repository for student work created in the program, analogous to a library’s special collections.

M.A. in Cultural Studies Portfolios/Google Sites are archived in order to (1) create a portfolio of student work indicative of the program, (2) support curriculum assessment and development and (3) provide an institutional repository/back up for former students.

The Graduate Office  is committed to preserving archival copies of MACS Portfolios/Google Sites as they are granted to us, meaning that we make no changes to content, form, or permissions.

Ensure your access by migrating your portfolio!

Once you graduate and are no longer registered as a student, your access to UW email and computing services—including UW Google Sites and UW Google Docs—will expire.  Access expires on the 10th day of the second quarter in which you are not registered as a student (eg, the 10th day of Autumn Quarter for those graduating the previous Spring).  After that date, you will no longer have access to your account, and all data will be deleted. 

Please take measures to migrate any files you wish to preserve to a personal (non-UW) account.  The following archiving protocols for Classic Google Sites and New Google Sites are designed to provide you with continuing access to your MACS Portfolio.

Instructions for Archiving

Once both of your advisors have given you their approval, submit your completed portfolio to the IAS Graduate Office for archiving in Week 11, by the end of the specified day.  (See Dates and Deadlines for Spring Quarter submission; consult the Graduate Programs Manager for all other quarters.) 

If you used “Classic Google Sites” …

  1. Log into your Google Sites portfolio
  2. Click More > Manage Site > Copy this Site
  3. Enter a new name for the site you will submit, using this naming convention:  “2018 MACS Portfolio Archive [LAST NAME, FIRST NAME].” This is the archival copy of your site.
  4. Click More > Sharing and Permissions
  5. Under “add people,” add as an owner
  6. If you want, you can grant access to others under Sharing and Permission (Public, UW only, anyone with a link), or you can restrict access to only.  This serves as the archival, institutional repository for your work. No changes will be made to the iasgrad copy.
  7. Next to your own username, click the “X” to remove your own access to this copy of your site.  You will retain access to the original, which you can continue to evolve, if you make a personal copy of your Google Site portfolio using your personal (non-UW) account of gmail, yahoo, etc.
  8. To make a personal copy, follow steps A, B, and D.  For step E, add your personal gmail account as owner.  You will be asked to verify that you want to share ownership outside the UW G Suite.  Click “yes.”

The UW also provides instructions on how to convert your Classic Google Site to a New Google Site for the purposes of duplicating and sharing the site with a personal gmail account.  See Google Sites and Files Archiving for full instructions.

If you created your MACS portfolio in “New Google Sites”…

Please follow the instructions on the Google Sites and Files Archiving webpage in order to duplicate and share your Google Site content with as an owner (your and our archival copy) and your personal gmail account (your living, ongoing copy to evolve and share as you please.)  

If you created your MACS portfolio in some alternative platform or format...

if you have created your portfolio in webspace, please send a link to your portfolio to, together with a compiled pdf copy of your capstone portfolio's framing essay and the 3-5 artifacts that you reference in the framing essay. The compiled pdf of the capstone portfolio (framing essay+ artifacts) is the minimum requirement for archiving.

**If you have created an online portfolio, please make sure that you have provided access to "" 

If you don't have a personal Gmail account, and don't want to create one:

Please make the owner of your duplicate site, and add your personal email as a collaborator.  That way your content can be preserved by the IAS Graduate Programs. IAS Graduate Programs will not make any changes to your Google Site. 

Saving All Your Data

While you still have access to UW Google Suite services, we recommend that you take measures to copy, preserve, or migrate any materials you have created in using them. UW IT has instructions on copying and migrating your data.

Email After Graduation

We also advise that you set up your UW mail to forward to a personal account. If you haven’t already, you can set up UW email forwarding through MyUW.

The IAS Graduate Office recommends that if you have questions about the technology changes and your access to email and UW Google Suite, that you contact the UW Information Technology Service Center at or 206-221-5000.