The Undergraduate Students Association Council is the student representative body on campus, made up of elected public officials meant to serve the interests of students and advocate for their needs. As such, the Daily Bruin Editorial Board recognizes the need to hold officers accountable. This year, the board evaluated officers on five criteria: the quality of officers’ platforms, their completion of those platforms, the fulfillment of their responsibilities, their transparency with the student body and their engagement with the community. The evaluation process consists of interviews with the officers, deliberation between board members and a quorum-style vote to assign each rating. The board assigned each criterion with a score from one to five, with one being the lowest and five being the highest.
Platform: We took into consideration the potential benefits, thoughtfulness and feasibility of each council member’s goals.
Platform Completion: Based on interviews with the council members and Daily Bruin reporting, we evaluated how well the officers completed or are projected to complete their campaign promises at the time of publishing.
Fulfillment of Responsibilities: We evaluated how council members fulfilled the responsibilities and expectations of their offices according to the USAC bylaws, beyond just their platforms.
Transparency: As elected officials, accountability is important. We evaluated each council member in this category based on their accessibility and transparency to both The Bruin and the student body.
Engagement: We evaluated how committed council members were to bringing disengaged students into the fold and making their offices, if not USAC, relevant to those students.