2014 Public Policy Case Competition
October 01, 2014
Registration is now closed. This competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate students across the University of Pennsylvania, is intended to foster discussion and collaborative research on key public policy issues. One team will win the grand prize of $5000. Two teams will earn honorable mention awards of $1500 each.
This year’s topic is higher education. Participants in the Public Policy Case Competition are asked to submit a policy proposal of no more than 2000 words, with up to 3 exhibits, in response to the following prompt:
What policy or program could be implemented or amended through a partnership between state government(s) and the private sector, so as to improve higher education degree completion, especially among lower-income students?
In addressing this question, participants should keep the following parameters in mind:
- “Higher education” may include private, public, and for-profit colleges and universities, as well as community colleges, that offer either associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs.
- “Private sector” may include both nonprofit organizations and for-profit/corporate enterprises.
- Submissions must provide a funding model, explain how the policy/program would be scalable (i.e., expanded to other states or regions with differing state budgets and political climates), and identify metrics of success.
For some background on the issues, students might start by reviewing the following articles and documents:
Participants must observe the following rules:
- This is meant to be a team-based competition; students must work in teams of 3-4 people.
- All team members must be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students at Penn.
- Teams must register online for the competition by 5 PM on Monday, October 6, 2014
- All submissions must follow University standards regarding Academic Integrity, including the proper citation of all source materials.
- All submissions must be sent in electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 PM on Monday, October 13, 2014.
Format for Submissions
Policy proposals should be submitted as PDF documents, with the names of all team members given on a front title page. The interior pages should not contain any team member’s name. This will help us ensure anonymous judging when the proposals are reviewed. Again, proposals should be no more than 2000 words in length and can contain up to 3 exhibits.
All submissions will be reviewed first by a preliminary panel of faculty and other affiliates of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative. The top five teams will be selected and notified by 5 PM on Monday, October 20, and will be required to give a 5 minute presentation to a panel of judges on Friday, October 24. The final judging panel will be held on campus from 11 AM – 12:30 PM on the 24th. Any team unable to attend the final judging panel will be disqualified from the competition. Winners will be announced by 5 PM on October 24.
One team will win the grand prize of $5000. Two teams will earn honorable mention awards of $1500 each.
Any questions should be sent to Andy Coopersmith, Managing Director of Penn Wharton PPI, at email@example.com.