The Journal of Technology in Student Affairs
15th Annual Virtual Case Study Competition
This edition of The Journal of Technology in Student Affairs is dedicated to 15th Annual Virtual Case Study Competition for Masters level students in student personnel administration, counseling or higher education administration graduate programs.
This year we received 48 team submissions from 33 separate schools. Nilza Santana, Suzanne Jasmine, Bianca Lambert, and Sarah Beth Potter from Clemson University won top honors. Julie Edler, Kristen Thornton, and Beth Bodiya from Concordia University placed second. December Lange Treacy, Alyssa Anzalone, Marissa DuCharme, and Jennee Schansberg from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee earned third place.
This year's case scenario asked teams to create a presentation for how a college can be a more welcoming environment for transgender students. VCS scenario and competition guidelines are listed at the bottom.
1st Place: $150 awarded to each team member
(Nilza Santana, Suzanne Jasmine, Bianca Lambert, Sarah Beth Potter)
2nd Place: $100 to each team member
(Julie Edler, Kristen Thornton, Beth Bodiya)
3rd Place: $50 awarded to each team member
UNIVERSITY OF WISONSIN-MILWAUKEE
(December Lange Treacy, Alyssa Anzalone, Marissa DuCharme, Jennee Schansberg)
Following are links to all final presentations. The team captain/leader as well as the type of file is noted in the file name. PowerPoint files can be viewed using some open source applications or with Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer. PDFs can also be viewed through some open source applications as well as using Adobe Reader.
Dr. Philias Fogg is a concerned college president. During the Fall 2015 semester, campuses across the country seemed in the throes of one forceful issue after another. Escalating racial tensions overtook the University of Missouri and Yale University. Transgender inclusion policies became front and center at many institutions of higher education. Religious intolerance became a high profile concern and even seeped into Presidential politics.
Fogg, who has led the mid-size Centrist College for eight years, is a highly respected leader, both within the school and among his presidential peers. One reason for his success has been his ability to address issues, involving a multitude of on and off-campus constituents, before they become untenable. Dr. Fogg realizes that even though his campus milieu has been a tranquil bastion within the swirling controversies overtaking some institutions he feels his senior staff could be more knowledgeable on the aforementioned issues as well as others.
In order to achieve this goal he has assigned the Director of Student Services to assemble a team within his department to create a professional development series for the senior staff. Your group is that team. In a preliminary discussion with the Director, the two decided the first topic to be addressed would be an engaging and informative PowerPoint (or PDF) presentation on how the college can be a more welcoming environment for transgender students. What is the school doing well? What can be done better? What should be a prescribed action plan?
When the Director assembled his team he said it would be up to the group to decide what should be emphasized. Due to time constraints the agreed upon length of the PPT or PDF file would be between 15-25 slides.
- Innovation of approach
- Use of literature both within and outside student affairs
- Organization of presentation
- Rationalization for chosen responses
- Practicality of approach
- Usefulness of the information presented
- Educational value to Student Affairs