THE MICHIGAN CLASSIC

July 6th - July 31st, 2016


The Michigan Classic is a four-week policy debate workshop designed for students who desire a challenging summer workshop experience and who wish to engage in competition at an advanced level the following year.

The Classic offers separate divisions for rising Seniors/Juniors and Sophomores. Approximately 24 students are selected for the Senior/Junior Division and 48 students for the Sophomore Division.

Lab Groups

Classic students are assigned to Lab Groups of about 16-24 people. Each Lab Group is taught by two of the full-time institute faculty members. This Lab Group serves as the central instructional unit throughout the workshop. Students work with the same lab leaders throughout the Classic to enable the instructors to learn the work habits, strengths, and weaknesses of the debaters. Classic students also work with other faculty members in selected situations, such as theory classes and seminars.

2016 Staff
Juniors/Seniors-

Stephen Pipken (Varsity Debate Coach at Glenbrook North High School) and Allison Harper (Director of Debate at North Broward Prep)

Sophomores-

Mike Shackelford (Director of Debate at Rowland Hall) and Kevin McCaffrey (Varsity Debate Coach at Glenbrook North High School), Brian Box (Varsity Debate Coach at Glenbrook South High School) and Christina Tallungan (Director of Debate at Notre Dame High School)
For more information on our faculty members, click here.

Analysis of the Topic

In addition to the work of their Lab Groups, students learn about the content of the topic from many division-wide lectures. These lectures include broad-based surveys of both affirmative and negative arguments. Students also receive a lecture offering a rigorous and detailed defense of the principles and policies that are represented by the status quo.

Students are assigned to faculty members other than their lab leaders for the purpose of writing the core arguments of the topic. The core argument groups meet several times during the first and second week of the Classic to analyze, outline, research, and ultimately write briefs covering the central issues of the topic area. The work product of these groups is shared among all institute participants.

Communication Skills

Students participate in three sets of practice debates, with each debate critiqued by faculty members. Every debate is accompanied by rebuttal rework sessions for intensive individualized instruction. The Classic provides each student a journal for written judge comments which debaters take to each successive debate so that subsequent judges and coaches can establish criteria for and evaluate the level of improvement.

Detailed speaker position lectures provide practical advice on constructive and rebuttal techniques; organizational systems; and advanced strategic concepts concerning time allocation, argument selection, cross-examination and weighing.

Theory Instruction

Virtually all theory instruction at the Michigan Classic takes place in small classes of eight to twelve students and one instructor. Our curriculum emphasizes the practical applications of basic and advanced debate theory. For these theory classes students are assigned to two faculty members other than their lab leaders.

What Coaches Have To Say About the Classic
"As a high school coach, I have sent many debaters over the last decade to the Michigan Classic. It has always focused on improving important debate skills and producing high quality evidence. As a member of the Classic staff, I know that the faculty at Michigan is one of the most committed and engaging in high school debate."

Tim Alderete
Policy Debate Coordinator at The Meadows School
What the 2015 Students said

Would you recommend the michigan debate institutes to friends and teammates? 100% yes

Would you recommend your Classic Lab to friends and teammates? 100% yes

Fees

The total fee for the Michigan Classic is $4400 plus a $60 application fee. This fee covers the full cost of tuition, a room in the Residence Hall, the Dining Room Plan, lab copying fees, and possibly a social outing. Students who are admitted must submit a $750 (early) or $1000 (regular) deposit two weeks after their acceptance. Payment of the balance must take place no later than June 1. Please visit our "specials page" to find ways to reduce the cost of the Classic.

Detailed Fee Payment Schedule - payments_classic.php

Application Policy

Applications must be received no later than May 31. A $60 application fee is required. Students will be notified of their admission status (accepted, wait-listed, or rejected) no later than June 1. Please do not call to inquire about admission status unless you have not heard from the Classic by June 1. Applications for Financial Aid must be received by March 1.

Admission Policy

No applicant will be considered without submission of a full and accurate application and the receipt of the $60 application fee. The extent and quality of the applicant's previous debate experience, including demonstrated potential, will be the dominant factors in admissions decisions. Other factors which may be considered include: the strength and number of tournaments attended, speaker awards, previous institute attendance, the comments offered in the enclosed Letter of Recommendation, and geographic diversity.



THE MICHIGAN CLASSIC PLUS

June 30th – July 31st, 2016


If you want to attend debate camp for longer than four weeks, but can't attend the Seven Week Program, we suggest you try the Classic Plus. The Classic Plus gives you a week prior to the Classic for development of a full affirmative and in-depth learning on the topic in a very small directed learning environment with a very low student to teacher ratio.

Fees

The total fee for the Michigan Classic Plus is $5100 plus a $60 application fee. This fee covers the full cost of tuition, a room in the Residence Hall, the Dining Room Plan, and lab copying fees. Students who are admitted must submit a $750 (early) or $1000 (regular) deposit shortly after their acceptance. Payment of the balance must take place no later than June 1. Please visit our "specials page" to find ways to reduce the cost of the Classic Plus.

Detailed Fee Payment Schedule- http://michigandebate.com/payments_Classic.php

Application Policy

Applications must be received no later than May 31. A $60 application fee is required. Students will be notified of their admission status (accepted, wait-listed, or rejected) no later than June 1. Please do not call to inquire about admission status unless you have not heard from the Classic by June 1. Applications for Financial Aid must be received by March 1.