Institutional Learning Outcomes: The Four Cs

Foothill's Rubric Assessment Model for Evaluating SLOs (FRAMES)

FRAMES is an acronym for Foothill’s Rubric Assessment Model for Evaluating SLOs.  This project was initiated in Fall 2005 to create useful assessment tools to enhance and measure Foothill College's institutional student learning outcomes at the course level. Each of the four FRAMES teams had between four and six faculty members representing a variety of departments across campus. Each team spent or will spend about a year developing and testing the rubric assessment tool and about a year using the tool to assess between 100 to 150 student artifacts from departments across campus.

The FRAMES Critical Thinking team assessed over 150 student artifacts during 2006-07 and 2007-08 using the model they created in the 2005-06 academic year. Currently member of the FRAMES Critical Thinking team plan on presenting various workshops throughout the 2008-09 year to increase the use of creating assignments that ask for critical thinking, as well as teaching instructors how to use the rubric to evaluate critical thinking.

The FRAMES Computation team developed a rubric during the 2006-07 academic year, which it implemented in the 2007-08 year. The student artifacts that were collected are still being reviewed and final results will likely be presented during 2008-09 and 2009-2010.

The FRAMES Communication team began developing a rubric in 2007-08, with implementation starting in 2008-09. Instructors this year will begin receiving requests for student artifacts during Winter 2009 and Spring 2009 quarters. Because the projects goal is to measure institutional outcomes expected of graduates and transfers, the artifacts will only be used from students with no degree and that have more than 60 quarter units.

The FRAMES Community/Global Consciousness team will begin working on the last rubric during 2008-09 and begin implementation during 2009-2010. The ultimate goal of the project is four fully implemented rubric assessment teams operating by 2009-10, each examining over 150 student artifacts on a 4-5 year cycle.

In the end, the information achieved from the rubric assessments will inform future curricular and policy decisions that will focus the campus on strengthening our students’ achievement of our institutional SLOs.

If you are interested in joining the FRAMES Community/Global Consciousness Team, please let Rosemary Arca, Student Learning Outcomes Coordinator, know by email ( Thank you for your consideration.