The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has named the members of a team which will compete in Policy Solutions Challenge USA, a national competition policy competition. The 2017 team is made up of two second-year students, Stacy Cox and Thurman Green, and three first-year students, Paxton Richardson, Caitlin Campbell, and Tony Nickerson. The team will be coached by Assistant Professor Dr. Warigia Bowman.
Policy Solutions Challenge USA is a national competition among teams of students from U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to develop innovative solutions to the most important policy problems facing the country, and the first round begins on January 9, 2017. This is the fifth year the Clinton School has competed. The team has advanced to nationals twice, placing second in 2013 and third in 2016. This year’s topic is providing safe and affordable housing for low income workers.
Thurman Green, a second-year student who participated in the Policy Solutions Challenge in 2016, will serve as team captain for this year’s team. “The Policy Solutions Challenge provides another opportunity for this team to apply skills learned from the Clinton School curriculum to solving a real policy problem,” said Green. “This competition is a great way to gain valuable policy writing experience on an issue of national importance.”
Every year, the teams will present their analyses and recommendations regarding the same topic in three rounds of competition. The first round will select 12 semifinalists from among all entries, and six of the semifinalists will be selected in the next round to attend the national finals to be held March 2017 in Washington, DC. Expert reviewers, drawn from leading policy analysis organizations, will select the semifinalists and finalists. A separate panel of expert judges will participate in person at the national finals.