[eDebate] Graduation Amendment with a Caveat
Thu Apr 30 18:19:12 CDT 2009
However, I do think some of the wording might need changing. The current
wording would seem to allow graduate students to begin debating in graduate
school and functionally debate for five years, unless I am mistaken--or,
more commonly, to graduate after three years (having attended only two CEDA
Nationals) and then compete for two more years in graduate school. I tend
to think that graduate students should be limited to one year of additional
competition after receiving an undergraduate degree. No one wants fifth
year Ph.D students competing against 18 year old undergraduates. And
perhaps more realistically, debate should not be competing with students's
abilities to work on MA theses, L2 studies, etc. We all know debate can be
all-consuming, let's not make a system that gets our students more
undergraduate degrees (a good thing) but torpedoes their graduate work (a
"National CEDA Tournament contestants" is the language used in the amendment which at first I thought corrected Souder's concern. However, after reexamination, it doesn't. This language either means graduate students can only debate at CEDA nats and no other tournament that semester (which seems to be against the spirit of the amendment) or it means that grad students can debate for four years (I think clearly against the spirit of the amendment).
Better language would be: ?National CEDA Tournament contestants are to be officially enrolled
students in good standing at the college or university they represent
in competition. All CEDA tournament contestants must be undergraduate
students, unless they *already received their undergraduate degree the previous semester* and are officially enrolled in a graduate *or post-bachelor degree* program at the same institution,
and have competed in four or less years of intercollegiate debate.?
that would seem to correct the problem. In reality, I think the demands of grad school would prevent the graduate debater, but who knows.
Kelly M. Young, Ph.D.
Director of Forensics/
Wayne State University
585 Manoogian Hall
Detroit, MI 48201
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