BEST Proposal Evaluation Rubric

The Bruin Excellence & Student Transformation Grant Program (BEST) supports campus climate projects at UCLA that actualize the University of California Regents Policy 4400 in removing “barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.”  BEST defines campus climate projects as those that address the broad objectives outlined in Regents Policy 4400 and challenge and transform the campus climate status quo.

Members of the BEST Advisory Board will provide detailed feedback using the criteria listed below. In addition to qualitative feedback, reviewers will provide numeric scores for each criterion. Scoring is based upon the following scale:

0 = Disagree

1 = Slightly agree

2 = Agree

3 = Strongly agree

Evaluation criterion

Score 0-3


Rationale - Why is this project necessary to improve campus climate?

The project meets a clearly identified campus climate need for specific target groups and is well defined.

The project goals are clearly defined and address the stated campus climate issue.

Implementation - How will this project be successfully implemented?

The proposal clearly states how the proposed activities will be accomplished within the 2016-17 AY.

The project team has demonstrated their ability (knowledge, experience and community connections) to successfully implement their project.

The budget matches the project scope.

This proposal puts forward a clear strategy for collaboration and coalition building between organizations/groups of people.

How does this project support the following grant guidelines?

Enhances, expands, or creates resources/experiences for marginalized communities.

Promotes sustainable or renewable equity-oriented leadership, programs, and/or resources.

Supports personal and collective empowerment of project participants.

Supports collaborative/coalitional efforts across campus organizations and groups and/or that are significant to addressing the project goals.

Strengthens and creates affirmational spaces for underserved communities at UCLA.

Advances collective understanding of equity issues on campus and beyond.

Engages across social identities groups (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation etc.)

Engages across multiple campus communities (e.g., faculty, staff, and students)

Engages across disciplines and administrative units.

Quality of action-oriented activity

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