China Bridge Challenge Rubric

Criteria Weight Rating
    Excellent Above Average Average Below Average Poor
Relevance & Engagement 10% 10 8 7 6 5
Logic & Persuasion 30% 30 24 21 18 15
Feasibility 10% 10 8 7 6 5
Innovation 20% 20 16 14 12 10
Potential for Impact 20% 20 16 14 12 10
Overall Presentation 10% 10 8 7 6 5


  • Relevance & Engagement: Does the team choose a topic that is important to the U.S.-China relationship? Does the team consider the perspectives, values, and changing realities of both the U.S. and China sides? Does the team clearly outline how the U.S. and China should partner to solve the identified challenge?
  • Logic & Persuasion: Does the team identify a significant and focused challenge and propose a logical and compelling solution that IS well supported by literature and/or research?
  • Feasibility: Has the team proposed something that is possible with limited resources and talent and political urgency? Does the proposed a solution utilizing resources that are likely available to the UMN community and within a reasonable timeframe? Does the team discuss the roadblocks that their proposed solution might run into and ways to clear those obstacles?
  • Innovation: Does the proposal/presentation offer a new perspective or innovative solution to a problem?
  • Potential for Impact: Will the proposed solution have a meaningful social, political, or economic impact? Explain the nature and magnitude of the impact. What demographic groups will benefit from the proposed solution? Will the impact be long-term or short-term?
  • Overall Presentation: Presentation style, clarity of content, supporting evidence, and effective communication.