CAPE Framework for Assessing Equity of CS Ed Ecosystems

The CAPE Framework, developed by Carol L. Fletcher and Jayce R. Warner out of TACC at UT Austin through the Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC), is an incredibly helpful tool for assessing entire computer science education ecosystems. 

The CAPE framework is a lens for assessing equity not simply as an end product, but as an integral component to each element of the systems that support computing education. The framework addresses four key components of CS education: Capacity for, Access to, Participation in, and Experience of equitable CS education (CAPE). The CAPE pyramid is meant to illustrate how the four components of the framework interact progressively, building and relying on the previous component.  -- Fletcher, C.L. and Warner, J. R. in Communications of the ACM

The CAPE Framework provides a helpful guide when identifying strengths, challenges, opportunities and barriers to specific CS programs. 

Take a look at the CAPE Framework graphic and the accompanying questions -- what do you notice / wonder? What stands out most? What is missing? 


Have you used the CAPE Framework as a part of equity in CS discussions? If so, please consider sharing your thoughts and insights below!