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TCNJ Public Policy Case Competition

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to sponsor the 2016 TCNJ Public Policy Case Competition. This is an annual team-based competition that is open to all TCNJ students.   The competition aims to foster intellectual collaboration, strengthen skill in verbal communication and argument, and promotion serious discussion of critical public policy issues. Student teams will write a policy brief that 1) analyzes the problem of racial segregation in American education, 2) evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of current policy options and 3) proposes a unique policy solution to this problem.  The policy brief should be no more than 2,000 words of text and include no more than 4 figures and tables in response to the following prompt:

Recent data show that New Jersey has one of the most racially segregated public K-12 education systems in the country, with 49% of black students and 43% of Latino students attending schools where white students make up less than 10% of the student population.[1] What policy, implemented by local governments, school districts, or the state government, should New Jersey policy-makers adopt to create more diverse, integrated public schools?


1st Place: $1500; 2nd place: $500; 3rd place: $250. All three finalist teams will be lauded on the HSS webpage.

Overview of Rules and Procedures:

  • Students must work in teams of 2 to 3 and at least 1 member of each team must have a major in a department or program within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Teams must register for the competition by 5pm on Friday, February 12, 2016 online here.
  • All submissions must be sent electronically as PDF documents to by 5pm on Friday, March 25, 2016.
  • A panel of faculty members will select the top 3 policy briefs and notify participating teams by 5pm on Friday April 8, 2015.

The top 3 teams will offer 10-15 minute presentations, based on their policy proposals in a public forum on the TCNJ campus that will take place Wednesday, April 27, 2016. A panel of judges, comprised of public officials and/or faculty members, will select the winning team.  The panel will place high value on presentations that demonstrate cost-effectiveness, creativity, analytic rigor, and skill in written and oral communication.

Each team member must play an active role in the group presentation.

Any questions should be sent to Prof. Daniel Bowen, Associate Professor of Political Science at or Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Faculty Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at

[1] Orfield, Gary and Frakenberg, Erica. 2014. “Brown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat, and an Uncertain Future.” University of California-Los Angeles, Civil Rights Project.



This competition is modeled after the Penn Wharton PPI Public Policy Case Competition