Project Criteria

Project Criteria



Introduction

The evaluation of proposed projects based on predetermined criteria is necessary to ensure consistency, accountability, and transparency in the evaluation and approval process.  The AGFAB provides this document to serve as an explanation and expansion of each criterion to guide both applicants in preparing projects, and board members in the evaluation process. 

Board members will evaluate each project based on the below criteria, but it is important to note that a high score does not guarantee the approval of a project and a low score does not disqualify a project from approval.  Rather, the board will use these criteria as a guide when discussing and voting on the approval of a project. 

Concept

Is the project feasible, does it meet the below criteria, and will it contribute to Texas A&M in a significant manner?  Is the idea innovative or creative?  Will it capture the imagination and attention of students, faculty, staff, and the media?  Will the project improve the image of Texas A&M?    

Environmental Impact

Does the project positively impact the environment in a significant and measurable fashion (i.e. reduce waste or energy use, etc)?  Is the impact most felt in the long-term or short term?  Will the project positively, directly, and noticeably impact students, faculty, and staff on the Texas A&M campus?

Student Involvement

Does the project include students in key roles (i.e. planning, implementation, internships)?  Will the proposed project impact students directly?  Will students actively participate in the process of the project?

Campus Impact

Does the project provide a tangible and measurable benefit to Texas A&M?  If the project does not lend itself to measurement easily, does the proposal clearly explain the impact and provide a means to gauge programmatic success?  Is the impact something that Texas A&M currently needs or is lacking? 

Cost Effectiveness

Does the project generate a positive return on investment, both as direct monetary costs and social costs?  For example, will a $5,000 investment return $5,000 or more in benefits?  Over how long of a time period are the benefits accrued?  When are they most felt, in the near or long term?  Does the proposal provide evidence of past projects to support their assertions? Does the project include costs that the university must bear once the project is implemented? 

Outreach/Publicity Plan

Does the project include a strategic outreach plan for students, faculty and administration?  Is the concept one that is easily publicized, or is it highly complex?  Will the benefits gained be easily demonstrated?

Capability of Project Team

Does the project team have previous experience or knowledge of the subject matter, have relevant connections to implement the project, and have project management and implementation skills?  If the project is long term, is there a means to ensure the project is maintained? 

Academic Gains

Does the impact of the project provide a means to educate or inform students in sustainable practices and/or provide other academic gains? 

Evaluation/Follow-Up

Does the project have clearly defined and measurable goals, benchmarks toward success, and provide a clear means to attain them? 

Well Written Application

Is the application clear, consistent, and free of grammatical and spelling errors?  Is the formatting professional, and does the overall appearance and style instill confidence for the project's success?

Budget

Is the budget reasonable, well thought out, and cover all costs; including: direct costs (equipment, personnel, supplies, etc) and indirect costs (office supplies, insurance, building costs, etc).