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Up to Us Case Competition

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Up to Us Case Competition

Facilitated by US-based faculty and staff, the Up to Us Case Competition asks students to consider complex policy problems through a fiscal lens and develop innovative solutions.

About the Up to Us Case Competition

The Up to Us Case Competition asks students to consider complex policy problems through a fiscal lens and develop innovative solutions.

Faculty and staff who join the American Democracy Project’s Civic Solutions cohort will integrate the case brief into Spring 2023 courses. Students will respond to prompts addressing the rising national debt in the context of growing climate concerns, the affordability of higher education, or rising healthcare costs.

They will be asked to propose creative yet practical solutions that consider the often competing – yet critical – aspects of the policymaking process: sound policy development, prudent fiscal management, and long-term political feasibility. 

Eligibility

The Civic Solutions cohort is open to faculty and staff at colleges and universities in the US. Priority will be given to American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) institutions.

Benefits & Prizes

  • $5,000 grand prize for the first-place team
  • Second through fifth place teams will each win $1,000
  • Access to exclusive training materials and resources
  • Completed students will be eligible to apply for exclusive internship and educational opportunities through Up to Us, including course scholarships to Harvard Business School Online
  • One student from each of the top 5 teams will receive an all-expenses-paid professional development trip to the 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Boston, MA from May 31-June 3. At least one student from each team is required to present their solutions at this conference
  • The winning team may participate in traditional and social media interviews and content

Timeline

January: Faculty and staff accepted into the American Democracy Project’s Civic Solutions cohort will begin integrating the case brief into their spring courses or co-curricular initiatives
March 1: Deadline to submit Case Plans, which include the chosen prompt(s), course, mode of integration, and the number of students
March 13: Deadline for optional Early Bird Review. Submit your solution draft to Up to Us if you would like us to provide preliminary feedback
April 14: Final Case Competition Submission and Expense Report Due
May 8: Winners are notified
May 31-June 3: One student from each of the top 5 teams will attend the 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting to present their solutions

Questions? Contact uptous@netimpact.org

 

Faculty and staff from AASCU campuses can learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2023.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

Supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Case brief development in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center.