Proposal rating and discussion begins Thursday, November 15 and will continue until noon on Tuesday, November 27. During the proposal rating period, all editing of proposals must stop so that everyone is rating and discussing the same proposals. (Exception: Students at Innovation Academy may continue to work on their proposals until they are complete.) You will be allowed to edit your proposals again after the rating period is over, so if you have ideas for changes or additions, please hold onto them and make the changes after November 27.
The platform will consist of as many as ten proposals, including the five highest-rated proposals (assuming each has a minimum of 15 ratings and meets basic criteria of completeness, quality and appropriateness), plus as many as five other high-quality proposals to be chosen by the topic coordinators and faculty. The goal is to include the best proposals across all issue areas; there may be more than one proposal from a given issue area, while other areas may not be represented in the platform.
Please see this screencast about how to rate proposals, which comes down to giving each a score on a scale from 1 to 10. Please note that in order to maximize the impact of your ratings, you should give a "1" to the proposal(s) that you think least worthy of being in the platform (even if it has some merit), a "10" to the proposal(s) you think most worthy (even if it’s not perfect), and then spread out the others in between. Use the criteria listed at the end of this announcement as a basis for your ratings. You may change your rating for any proposal at any time, up until the deadline of noon. on Tuesday, November 27th.
Please be sure that each of your ratings is properly recorded. The rating slider can be a little "touchy," so after moving it the first time, if you do not see a small message under the slider saying "Your vote:...", try moving the slider again.
It's crucial that you not only express your preferences, but that you discuss the relative merits of the various proposals, and advocate for the ones you think should be in the platform. A new “Platform Discussion” group has been started for this discussion. Please start new discussion threads at will.
Please rate every proposal in the Caucus that is complete (there are few from Innovation Academy that will be completed late, but there are at least 15 complete ones now), and also comment on various proposals and/or participate actively in the Platform Discussion group, specifically discussing the pros and cons of at least five different proposals. (Proposals in each topic area can be found easily if you click the “proposals” tab in the group window.) In this connection, please note that the online participation requirement remains in effect through the 27th.
Please consider these criteria when rating proposals.
Is each part of the proposal completed in a high-quality way?
How well does the proposal demonstrate a solid understanding of the core issue and the “problem behind the problem”?
To what extent does the proposal contain high-quality supporting evidence and background information?
How relevant is the proposal to the needs of students of different ages and backgrounds in different parts of Michigan?
To what extent do the consultations add important information and non-obvious perspectives?
To what extent is there credible articulation of counter-arguments and challenges to potential adoption and implementation of the proposed solution?
To what extent does the proposed solution contain specificity and detail that shows how it could actually be implemented and paid for?
To what extent does the proposal demonstrate creativity and passion for the issue?
You do not have to post on Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday - Sunday) but you are still required to post at least two days next week.