I wanted to touch base and discuss the remainder of the topic process for this year’s NPTE.
As I mentioned on the other thread, the deadline for topic papers has been extended to December 7th. We have many great submissions and several more on the way! On the 7th, I’ll create a separate post for each topic paper so discussion can occur until January 15, as per the bylaws. Please encourage discussion within your squads. The more we vet the topics, the better our nationals experience will be. Be part of the process!
Remember that those folks that submitted papers can edit their papers as discussion is happening.
After discussion happens, I’ll create a survey for the membership to vote on the topic papers. It will be an ordinal ranking of all of the different papers, probably through survey monkey. Voting will occur from January 16-January 27 at 5pm MST to allow ample time for squads to review the papers, the comments, and cast their vote.
Once voting concludes, I’ll post the results publicly and note the top 5 papers from voting. Also at this time or likely sooner, I’ll be asking all those who submitted papers (with the exception of students attending this year’s NPTE) to serve on the topic committee, to be comprised of 3 individuals.
The goal is to have this committee formed 35 days before the start of the NPTE, which is February 12.
The topic committee will work with the top 5 topic papers in a public working google doc to discuss/vet resolutions for at least 10 days.
By February 22nd, 25 days before the NPTE, the topic committee will provide the 3 resolutions from each controversy area, so that the membership has 48 hours to help with clarification and wording of the final topics.
On February 26th, we will post the official list of the NPTE topics, which is 21 days before the start of the tournament, which will also contain designations for topics that will be used for prelims vs. elims.
I hope this clarifies the process for all. Thank you for your participation in this year’s topic process! After reading some of the papers so far, I know we’re going to have a great NPTE.
Please let me know if you have any questions!