Ross Senior Project

Process Folio Guidelines


Dear Student and Mentor,


Please read, discuss, and sign as you begin the planning of your Senior Project journey!


What is the Process Folio?

The Process Folio addresses methodology. How do I go about learning and creating? How do I meet my objectives/goals? It reflects upon your learning process—questions, problems, solutions, frustrations, breakthroughs, etc., giving you insight into your style/preferences/shortcomings and strengths as a learner.




  1. Read the Process Folio Rubric to become familiar with the evaluation criteria. Ask your mentor to go over this with you.

  1. Understand the five components of the Process Folio as your process book is graded along all five areas:
  1. Development of Project
  2. Management of Project
  3. Research
  4. Development of Ideas/Questions
  5. Personal Development and Learning

  1. The Personal Context Component addresses the question “Why am I doing this project?” based on personal history and interests.

  1. The Cultural/Historical Component addresses the question “How is this project relevant culturally and historically? How is it relevant within its field of study?”  For this component of the process folio you are to describe how your Senior Project fits into the Ross Spiral Curriculum.  In other words, how does it relate to your studies?

  1. Authenticity is important. The examples, entries, etc. in your Process Folio should be genuine and integral to your Project process and should make use of the media you use. For example, if you are writing a musical composition, it would not be sufficient merely to write comments about what you had been doing, but rather, to include examples of the composition at different stages of the process. In this way, you show the evolution of the composition.   For projects in the discipline of art, take time to photograph the various stages in the development of your pieces.  This includes both capturing the growth of the product to its finished stage, as well as the process itself.  Please feel free, in all cases, to use digital media (film, audio, photographs, blogs, etc) to capture the evolution of your work.

  1. Offsite Senior Project Work (during summer, vacations, and the school year) is often an important way to begin work on your senior project.  This timeframe can be best suited for working with experts in the field.  However, it is important to then capture your work with the expert through video documentation.  The documentation must show you working alongside the expert as you gain new skills and knowledge.  As well, you must feature an interview with the expert that discusses what you have learned.  Finally, you need to submit a letter from that expert that verifies your learning process.

  1. Sources are important. These include all the ways you acquire information relevant to the project, for example--text, film, electronic media, journals, interviews, CDs, internet resources, performances, exhibits, interviews and discussions. Cite relevant sources using the MLA guide, including Works Cited and/or Works Consulted pages.

  1. Reflect frequently (weekly at least) and honestly on your learning process. The Weekly Reflection Log  (can be a blog or a written journal) constructs a narrative of your process and your Project’s evolution. When you present your Project, this narrative will aid you in confidently answering the Panel’s questions regarding who you are as a learner, how you learn, and how you’ve grown throughout the process.



Student Signature:  ­­­_____________________________  Date _________________



Mentor Signature: ­­­­­______________________________  Date _________________