Student Affairs

Rules & Submission Guidelines

Rules & Eligibility

  • Each Masters level program in Student Affairs Administration, Counseling, Student Personnel, or Higher Education will be allowed to enter as many three or four-person teams as wish to compete.
  • Each team member must be currently enrolled in a Masters level program in Student Affairs Administration, Counseling, Student Personnel, or Higher Education and will be enrolled for the Spring 2017 term for a minimum of six credits.
  • Team members must be from the same graduate program. There cannot be team members from different graduate programs on the same team.
  • The case study competition does require a certain degree of commitment in order to complete.
  • Teams should utilize relevant student affairs literature, where appropriate, for their presentation.
  • There is no entry fee required in order to participate.


  • This year's case study will be the creation of PowerPoint file (.ppt or .pptx) with a max file size of 2 MB. Details about the content of the case study along with instructions on submitting will be emailed to each team after registration closes.
  • You must include the name of your School and your Team Leader on the first page of your position paper, in addition to the names of all team members.
  • The file name of your submission must include the name of your school and team leader. We often receive more than one submission per school so this important to enable the judges to distinguish entries. We recommend using a naming format like UniversityofLearning-smith.ppt. Do not just call it "

***Upon submission, all entries become the property of for qualified use in activities***

Judging Criteria 

Judges will be utilizing the following criteria when evaluating presentations.

  • 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


  • Friday, February 3, 2017 -- Registration Deadline
  • Monday, February 6, 2017 -- Case study e-mailed to all participants
  • Friday, February 24, 2017 -- Submissions due by 9:00 p.m. EST.
  • Monday March 13, 2017 -- Virtual Case Study Competition winners posted.


All graduate students, by registering for the Virtual Case Study Competition, acknowledge they are matriculating in a Masters level program in student personnel administration, higher education, or counseling for at least six credits during the Spring 2017 semester. In addition, by submitting the registration form, each team member agrees to allow their final product to be used in the website.