AGA announces case challenge for undergraduate students

The deadline is approaching for the Association of Government Accountants' First Government Finance Case Challenge. Set to begin Oct. 15, 2007, the challenge will expose students to a thought provoking government financial management case that they could face in their professional careers.

Note: This competition is only open to currently enrolled college undergraduate students. Team captains should register the entire team entering this competition.

Participating student teams will collaboratively analyze and offer a written response to a case centered on how a U.S. city government implements a performance management system. Students will compete with teams from various colleges from around the world. The experience promises to challenge students' moral reasoning and raise students' awareness of the importance of government accountability.

The deadline for team registration is 5:00 EST, October 12, 2007. Registration applications can be found at the AGA website. The case challenge officially begins on October 15, 2007, when participating teams will receive a packet containing the case and corresponding questions.

Rules:

  • Teams must have 3 - 4 members. Members must be students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the school they represent.

  • Only one team from each school may apply.

  • Teams must submit a solution to the case by 5:00 p.m. EST, October 29, 2007.

  • Team solutions should be no more than 10 pages double-spaced in 12-point Arial. Page margins should be one inch from the top, bottom, left and right. Names of all team members and their school should be included in the document header.

  • Teams may use primary and secondary resources available to them. Please site any sources using MLA format. All primary research must be conducted by team members.

  • Any late entries will result in a penalty of one point for each day that the entry is late.

  • The two highest-scoring teams will be selected and announced on Monday, November 29, 2007 and will receive a scholarship to attend the AGA National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Washington, D.C. on February 21-22, 2008.

  • All members from each of the top two teams must be present at the NLC events on February 21. The brief presentation can be no more than 20 minutes, and there will be 10 minutes allotted for questions from the judges, consisting of a panel of government financial management leaders and corporate sponsors. This presentation will determine the final winner and will provide students with an additional opportunity to demonstrate their case findings and presentation skills. A/V equipment will be made available, and teams may use any creative format for their presentation.

  • Cash prizes will be awarded during a gala event on February 21, 2008. In addition, each student will receive a stipend to cover travel and hotel expenses.

  • Teams may have a faculty advisor if they choose.

    For more information, visit the AGA Website.

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