Case Study Competition

What is the Case Study Competition? 

The Case Study Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their skills and knowledge of the field of student affairs. Graduate students may submit teams of 2-3 individuals to participate in the competition. Graduate students may submit teams of 2-3 individuals to participate in the competition.  Each team will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought provoking case relevant to the field of student affairs that will be provided by NASPA. Each team will present their solutions to a panel of judges at the national conference in San Antonio, TX. Judges will be student affairs practitioners, faculty, and past Case Study Competition winners. There will be two types of teams:

  • First Year teams: A 2-3 person team in which at least one member is a first-year master’s student. These teams will compete on Sunday, March 12.
  • Second Year teams: A 2-3 person team in which all members must be master’s students in their second year or later. These teams will compete on Monday, March 13. 

After teams have presented their cases, judges will select two winning teams (one First Year team and one Second Year team). All teams will be able to hear feedback on their presentation during a feedback session with the judges. The Case Study Competition winners will be presented with an award during the NASPA Awards luncheon Tuesday, March 14 at 12:00p.m.  and will have an opportunity to showcase their case study response at  the case study analysis during a presentation session. 

If you have additional questions or would like more information, please e-mail us a naspacasestudy@gmail.com.

There will be a limited number of teams enrolled: Six first year master’s teams and eight second year/advanced master’s teams.

Registration will be open until February 24. 

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Case Study Samples: 

Member Eligibility

All team members must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be registered attendees of the conference.
  • Graduate Students: Each team member must be an enrolled student in a master’s program focused on professional preparation for higher education administration, student affairs, counseling or a similar field.
    • First Year teams:: At least one team member must be in his/her first year of master’s study at the time of the NASPA Annual Conference.
    • Second Year teams: All team members but be in their second or final year of master’s study at the time of the NASPA Annual Conference.

Team Participation Requirements: 

  • Attend Webinar Orientation Meeting:  Orientation will be held via a webinar.  All teams are required to attend the orientation webinar on March 1, 2017. (Specific times will be posted at a later date).

Case Study Presentation Overview:

  • Teams will have 20 minutes to orally present a case study analysis to a panel of judges.  The case study analysis will be presented as a PowerPoint, Prezi or similar presentation tool.
  • All case study presentations must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2017 via e-mail to naspacasestudy@gmail.com.  Late submissions will not be accepted. If your presentation was created using an online, web based tool you must be able to download and submit this presentation for use off-line.
  • Teams will be informed of their presentation time via email, after the submission of their presentation. Teams that anticipate scheduling conflicts (e.g., members will be presenting a general session on day of competition), should notify us via email of the conflict immediately. Every effort will be made to accommodate team scheduling needs, but this cannot be guaranteed. Presentation schedules will be finalized on March 10.

Presentation Dates and Timeframes

A 30 minute cycle will be used:

  • First Year Graduate Students, Day 1: Sunday, March 12, 2017
    • 20  minute presentation
    • 5 minute question and answer period by the panel of judges
    • Time for the panel to evaluate the presentation before bringing in the next team.
  • Second Year Graduate Students, Day 2: Monday, March 13, 2017
    • 20  minute presentation
    •  5 minute question and answer period by the panel of judges
    • Time for the panel to evaluate the presentation before bringing in the next team.

Presentation Resources

  • Participants will be required to create and present their case using PowerPoint, Prezi or similar presentation tool.
  • The following resources will be available for use during the case presentations:
    • Computer
    • Projector

Observers

Only team members and Case Study Competition judges and staff will be allowed in the presentation

Judging

  • A sample of previous rubrics used by the judges can be found here.  
  • The Case Study Committee and judges will present global feedback to the participants at the conclusion of the competition, followed by the announcement of the results of the case study competition.  A copy of the competition guidelines can be found here
  • Participants and judges are asked to review and adhere to the Confidentiality Agreement.   

Awards/Recognition

The winning teams in each category will be recognized at the NASPA Awards luncheon and will facilitate a program session on Tuesday, march 14.  Additionally, the winning teams’ universities receive notification of their graduate teams’ accomplishments.

Winners of Case Study Competition Requirements

  • Attend NASPA Awards Luncheon (Tuesday, March 14 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
  • Present winning casee study as a program session (this will be during the first educational session time block that follows the Awards Luncheon. 

If you have additional questions or would like more information, please email naspacasestudy@gmail.com.