The Minnesota Forensics Teams have had a vey successful season, qualifying competitors to all of the major intercollegiate speech and debate championships. The program will end the term in the Top-10 of the rankings of the NDT (National Debate Tournament), ADA (American Debate Association), and CEDA (Cross-Examination Debate Association) based on its season-long performance.
Finally, the program engages in significant community outreach efforts. Team members work as coaches at metro middle and high school debate programs. The program hosts a number of tournaments on campus each year, including a large invitational tournament, the Minnesota State High School League’s state debate championship tournament, the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s middle school championship, and several smaller invitational tournaments each fall.
The team also sponsors on-campus public debates on issues of concern to the campus community, our city, the nation, and the world.
By the Numbers
- NDT First Rounds: 2013, 2015
- NDT Qualification: 2009, 2010, 2011 (x2), 2012 (x2), 2013 (x2), 2014, 2015 (x2), 2016 (x2), 2017, 2018 (x2), 2019, 2020, 2021 (x2)
- NDT Elim Round Appearances: 2013 (x2), 2014, 2015, 2018, 2021
- CEDA Elim Round Appearances: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- ADA Elim Round Appearances: 2014 (3rd), 2015 (1st), 2016 (5th), 2017 (5th), 2018 (3rd), 2020 (9th), 2021 (5th)
- NJDDT (@JCCC) Elim Round Appearances: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Novice Nationals (@ MSU) Appearances: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- NDT Points Rankings (IA, MN, NE, SD, ND, WI): We have finished first in the District (IV) during 12 of the past 13 years
- CEDA Points Rankings (NDT + Illinois): We have finished either first, second, or third in the region. (North Central) in each of the past 14 years.