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CEDA Reply to the Chronicle of Higher Education

The following letter was drafted by the CEDA Executive Committee and sent to the Chronicle of Higher Education. We have asked that it be printed as a reply to their recent story.


Proposed Professional Code of Conduct

Attached is the proposed professional conduct amendment. This item is open for public comment and will be submitted to the NCA business meeting.

Please provide your feedback to this proposal.

Ad Hoc Committee on Curriculum - Open Thread

The CEDA ad hoc committee on curriculum would like to begin a community wide conversation about policy debate can identify the best educational and competitive practices and then seek to encourage those practices.

The scope of this committee is to engage the community, spur conversation and produce a report that highlights some of these best practices. This process requires active and sustained input from our community. Please feel free to open threads on specific topics that should be part of this discussion.

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2008-09 CEDA Tournament Calendar

The following attachment is a regionally sorted tournament calendar for all tournaments in the 2008-09 season. The excel file is organized by weekend and by region and also includes holidays and important dates throughout the season. Please let us know if you notice any missing tournaments or mistakes.


Statement by the Cross Examination Debate Association Regarding Fort Hays University Press Conference


The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) acknowledges that each of its member institutions must hire and staff their programs with faculty that best represent the educational mission of their university. As an organization, we must rely upon member institutions to hire individuals that conduct themselves appropriately and within the standards stated in the CEDA by-laws. As such, we respect the decision made by Fort Hays State University and their President Dr. Edward H. Hammond to dismiss Dr. Bill Shanahan.


Statement by the Cross Examination Debate Association Regarding Recent Controversies


Statement by the Cross Examination Debate Association Regarding Recent Controversies

The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) is deeply disappointed by the incident immediately after the quarterfinal debate between Fort Hays State University and Towson University at the 2008 CEDA national tournament. As an academic organization dedicated to promoting critical thinking, the behavior exhibited by members of our organization does not represent CEDA’s educational mission.


2008 - 2009 Resolution

 70 ballots were cast for the resolution for next year.  The winning resolution for the 2008 - 2009 season is 2A.  The topic wording and a break down of the voting is below.

Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce its agricultural support, at least eliminating nearly all of the domestic subsidies, for biofuels, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, corn, cotton, dairy, fisheries, rice, soybeans, sugar and/or wheat.


First count of first-place votes:

1A:  23

1B:  2


Summer Voting Results

3 amendments were on the ballot for consideration by the full membership.

Amendment 1 (eliminate affiliate) passes 57-7.  

Amendment 2 (final round judges) passes 55 - 12.

Amendment 3 (conferences) fails 42 - 23.

The constitution will be updated soon.  The revised constitution will be announced on this site and available online.




3 amendments pass at summer business meeting

The business meeting held this summer at UT Dallas passed three amendments for consideration by the full membership. A full copy of the text of the amendments is attached as a pdf file.

Amendment 1 eliminates the often-misused membership category of affiliate (since replaced by emerging programs).

Amendment 2 uses MPJ to fill slots assigned to regions on the final round panel that do not have a representative to judge.

Amendment 3 replaces CEDA regions with self-selected conferences.


Idaho State selected as 2009 Nationals host

FROM DARREN ELLIOTT, as posted on eDebate:

It is my pleasure to announce that CEDA Nationals 2009 will occur on the campus of Idaho State University in the beautiful city of Pocatello, ID. Sarah Partlow-Lefevre submitted a model bid and has coordinated tremendous support for the tournament from University Administrators, Vice-Presidents, the University President, the Mayors, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

As this year's Tournament Director I am looking forward to working with this year's Host, Sarah, and her staff. The CEDA Executive Council was very impressed with the bid brought forward by Idaho State and is excited to be going to ISU next March.



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