NACA® National Convention - Convention Case Study

2019 NACA® National Convention Graduate Student Case Study

The NACA® National Convention Case Study Competition will allow graduate students to apply classroom, internship, experiential and leadership experience to respond to a hypothetical issue that might occur in professional campus activities settings. Individuals or teams will be assigned a case during an information/registration session, and will be judged on how they propose to resolve it.

The information/registration session is 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Greater Columbus Convention Center’s room C161A. Judging will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 in Room C160B.


  • Graduate students may participate individually or on teams of up to four.
  • Each student may participate in only one team.
  • All participants must attend the information session to receive the case study and sign up for a judging slot.
  • Business casual attire is strongly encouraged for the competition.

Case Study Criteria
Judges will consider:

  • Conceptualization and analysis of the case in its entirety.
  • Legal, educational and political concerns related to the case.
  • Utilization of case background (student learning, environmental influences and campus climate).
  • Strategy used in the case defense.
  • Integration of student development theories.
  • Professional and business-like manner of team members during their presentation.

Participants may register until the end of the information session (4 p.m. on Feb. 16), when cases will be distributed to teams. Participants may register ahead of time:

  • The Case Study Competition takes place Feb.18 at 5:30 PM.
  • Announcement of winners is tentatively set for the final showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:40 p.m.
Register Here

The winning team will:

  • Be recognized in The NACA® Spotlight.
  • Have the opportunity to write an article about its case study for Campus Activities Programming® magazine.
  • Be recognized during the final showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:40 p.m.
  • Receive a prize pack from the Campus Activities Marketplace.

Questions? Contact National Convention Program Committee Graduate Initiatives Graduate Intern Josh Miller at


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